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The term χρηματιστική (chrēmatistikḗ, sc. téchnē) is generally translated by ‘the art of acquiring money’, but should be understood in a wider sense as the practice of acquiring exchange goods (χρήματα, chrḗmata). It is attested only in the political philosophy of the 4th cent. BC (Pl. Grg. 477e; Euthyd. 307a; Aristot. Pol. 1256a1ff.). Aristoteles compares chrematistike with οἰκονομική (oikonomikḗ, sc. téchnē, art of housekeeping), and distinguishes it from κτητική (ktētikḗ, art of acquisition). He first describes κτητική as a component of οἰκονομι…

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von Reden, Sitta (Bristol), “Chrematistike”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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