Genesis 46:29 The subject of this chapter is the rules of behavior in Athenian father-son relations, what one might call the ideal pattern or the normative discourse of practice. Given the limitations of the sources, the study of practice here must mean largely the study of a number of statements-in law, oratory, drama, philosophy, artas to how fathers and sons are supposed to behave toward each other. Ascertaining how they really did behave and, trickier still, how they really felt, is much more difficult.