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[7] Wealth consists in abundance of money, ownership of land and properties, and further of movables, cattle, and slaves, remarkable for number, size, and beauty, if they are all secure, liberal, and useful. Property that is productive is more useful, but that which has enjoyment for its object is more liberal. By productive I mean that which is a source of income, by enjoyable that which offers no advantage beyond the use of it—at least, none worth mentioning. Security may be defined
as possession of property in such places and on such conditions that the use of it is in our own hands; and ownership as the right of alienation or not1, by which I mean giving the property away or selling it. In a word, being wealthy consists rather in use than in possession; for the actualization2 and use of such things is wealth.

1 μή: in the MS. readings these words follow τοῦ οἰκεῖα εἶναι: “ownership or non-ownership.” The alteration is Spengel's.

2 ἐνέργεια: realization in action or fact.

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