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οἰκονομ-ία, ἡ, management of a household or family, husbandry, thrift, Pl.Ap.36b, R.498a, X.Oec.1.1, Arist.EN1141b32, Pol.1253b2 sqq.: pl., Pl.R.407b; households, Arist.GA744b18.

2. generally, direction, regulation, Epicur.Ep.1p.29U.; esp. of a State, administration, αἱ κατὰ τὴν πόλιν οἰ. Din.1.97; principles of government, Chrysipp.Stoic.2.338; τῶν γεγονότων Plb.1.4.3, al.; πολιτικὴ οἰ. Phld.Rh. 2.32 S.; ἡ τῆς ἀρχῆς οἰ. Hdn.6.1.1; of a fund, SIG577.9 (Milet., iii/ii B.C.).

3. arrangement, ἡ περὶ τὸν νοσέοντα οἰ. Hp.Epid.6.2.24; ἡ περὶ τῶν ὠνίων οἰ. market, fair, SIG695.35 (Magn. Mae.); οἰκονομίαι proceedings, IG9(1).226 (Drymaea); τίνα οἰκονομίαν προσαγήγοχας what steps you have taken, PCair.Zen.240.10 (iii B. C.); αὕτη φύσεως οἰ. Plb.6.9.10; of a literary work, arrangement, ἡ κατὰ μέρος οἰ. D.S.5.1, cf. D.H.Pomp.4, Comp.25, Sch.Od.1.328: pl., Plu.2.142a.

4. in Egypt, office of οἰκονόμος, PTeb.24.62 (ii B.C.), al.

5. stewardship, LXX Is.22.19, Ev.Luc.16.2.

6. plan, dispensation, Ep.Eph.1.10, 3.2.

7. in bad sense, scheming, M.Ant. 4.51.

II. public revenue of a state, BMus.Inscr.897.14, al. (Halic., iii B.C.).

III. transaction, contract, or legal instrument, CPR4.1 (i A. D.), BGU457.10 (ii A. D.), etc.

IV. magical operation or process, PMag.Par.1.161,292,2009.