Hospitality in Homer’s time was well shown through long travels such as Odysseus ' in The Odyssey as well as the guest-friend relationship, known as xenia. A reason hospitality was so important in those times was because the Greeks believed the gods wanted them to show hospitality to anyone that showed up at their home. “What kind of land have I come to now? Are the natives wild and lawless savages, Or god fearing men who welcome strangers? (6.118-20) At this time in the story, Odysseus washes up at the Phaeacians’ city.
They men are then dragged back to the ship by Odysseus, who shows a great about of loyalty. He then ties them underneath the row benches so that they remain true to each of their promise, loyal to their families, and their homeland, Ithaca. That was only the first example of how Odysseus shows loyalty to his men, family, and homeland.
Through the welcome feast that the Kilongese throw at the beginning of the book, Kingsolver creates an impression for the reader that perhaps the Prices will get along with the natives; however, she shatters that possibility with the meal that follows. This first meal of the book is extremely important because it acts as a harbinger of events and trends that will occur in the rest of the novel. Before the actual food is revealed, Kingsolver has Rachel
The Meaning of Being a Leader Being a leader is more than making people follow you. A leader is someone who knows how to manage and help others do the right thing. In The Odyssey, it’s characters portrayed many traits that show great leadership skills. Such as perseverance and confidence can make a good and strong leader. So in The Odyssey, Odysseus shows much perseverance toward his goal of going back home to Ithaca.
The standards of loyalty differ according to the roles and connections they have. These rules must be followed to the highest degree and if they are followed or not, rewards and consequences are given accordingly. There are many double standards and gender roles shown throughout the story. Penelope and Odysseus’
The theme of cultural values appears over the course of the book What the Moon Saw, by Laura Resau. In the Mixteco village of Yucuyoo, people live simplistic lives deeply rooted in tradition and community. The people who live in Yucuyoo value friendship and the world around them. To begin with, they value friendship and have a strong sense of community. For example, the people in Yucuyoo “all eat from the tortilla” (82).
For Ancient Greece, treating strangers with hospitality is expected. In Odysseus’s recent encounters, he was washed up on the shore of Phaeacia and was welcomed by the king and queen. Though Odysseus is a stranger upon the land of Phaeacia, kindness and aid is brought to him with the words of Alcinoüs, the King of Phaeacia, “I will fix your setting forth, and you may rest secure… until you reach your land and home or anywhere you please.” Treating travelers kindly was quite common in Ancient Greece, thus making “The Odyssey” quite relatable to its listeners. For if you are kind to your visitor, not only will your land receive a good reputation, it also aids in the advancement of trade and culture. Knowing this, the Phaeacians treated Odysseus
The Princess’s courtesy provides an example of the hospitality that exists throughout Odysseus’s interactions with the Phaeacians. When Odysseus asserts his plea for help, King Alcinous and Queen Arete offer “...to take him safely, comfortably, well and happily, with speed, to his own country, distant though it may lie.” (7.208-210). By granting Odysseus’s request, King Alcinous and Queen Arete demonstrate selflessness, a chief pillar of Greek culture. Later that night, as the Phaeacians hold a feast in honor of Poseidon, King Alcinous and the twelve princes offer Odysseus gifts to take on his return home (8.421-426). This kind deed truly represents the Phaeacians’ acts of
It has been said the chief interest of The Iliad is that we can find in it answers to fundamentally important questions, characteristics of European or Western culture, a sense of the tragic, domestic comedy, scepticism of the role the divine in human life, admiration for the strength of the individual human will, pleasure in the kind of heroic conflict that elicits a moral pride and a fascination with the interaction between moral choice and political life in the community. The Homeric poems are the repository for us of the concepts like these which remain significant or even fundamental to the western culture today. in the narrower sense of culture as the inherited intellectual and chiefly literary tradition the Homeric poems have an even