The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Shorter Notes

The communism of property; a note on Aristotle, Politics 1263a8–15

Robert Mayhewa1

a1 Seton Hall, University, NJ, USA

Aristotle begins his criticism of the communism of property in Plato's Republic1 with the following (which I have divied into two sections for convenient reference):

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