Tiny Linguistic Puzzle

One of the books in the classics section at U.N.C.’s library is Un Dialogo sul Management. What ancient author and work are the subject of this book? I will leave that as a not-too-difficult puzzle for my readers. Suggestions may be placed in the comments, though there is no prize for a correct answer except the glory.

What puzzled me was the last word of the title: is ‘management’ really a concept that cannot be expressed clearly and succinctly in Italian? I would think that any subject that can be expounded in ancient Greek or classical Latin (I don’t want to give away too much here) and named in modern English should also be nameable in Italian, though I don’t know the language well enough to offer any suggestions.

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One Response to Tiny Linguistic Puzzle

  1. Chun and Don says:

    This is presumably Xenophon’s Oikonomikos.

    Household management is too small a term,
    Economics too large a one.
    Estate management might have bee good once, except that it sounds like maybe somebody died or something.

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