chapter  10
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A LITERARY HISTORY OF LEISURE? THE DIDACTIC EPIC

There is more. A satisfactory leisure activity, as well as being pursued for its own sake, and of course affording pleasure, requires the input of a reasonable level of intellectual concentration. That is perhaps the most controversial of these three points, that a truly satisfying leisure activity must also engage the mind (Aristotle, Politics 1337b; cf. Pieper 1952). That was Aristotle's position. He believed successful leisure (schoN) and the exercise of the mind were closely related (Ethics 1177b).