We have followed the doings of a typical Athenian during
his ordinary activities around the city, but for the average gentleman
an excursion outside the town is indispensable at least every two or
three days, and perhaps every day. He must visit his farm; for his
wealth and income are probably tied up there, rather than in any
unaristocratic commercial and manufacturing enterprises.
heroes are not ashamed to be skilful at following the plow:
and no Athenian feels that he is contaminating himself by "trade" when
he supervises the breeding of sheep or the raising of onions. We will
therefore follow in the tracks of certain well-to-do citizens, when we
turn toward the Itonian gate sometime during the morning, while the
Agora is still in a busy hum, even if thus we are curtailing our
hypothetical visits to the Peiraeus or to the bankers.