Analysis Of ' Xenia ' And ' The Odyssey '

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The Significance of Xenia in the Works of Homer:
Hospitality in the Illiad and the Odyssey The concept of Xenia was extremely significant in ancient Greek culture. As such, it played a prominent role in the works of authors, most specifically Homer. In fact, some of the most significant information we have about the concept of Xenia, as it relates to cultural norms come from the work of Homer, and the examples of hospitality demonstrated in the protagonist’s journeys in the Iliad and the Odyssey. More specifically, Xenia is presented by Homer as a duty, or a cultural expectation in both works, which belong to a set of complex social rules and which is subject to a specific set of social demands. It is first, and foremost, essential to understand the Greek principle of Xenia and how it was tied in to Greek society during Homer’s era. Xenia literally means “guest-friendship” and is generally defined as generosity or courtesy extended to those who are far from home (Ware 1). This was a major concept in Greek culture, and was subject to a set of hospitality rituals and laws, they dictated how a host was to treat guests. This was defined by Homer, through Odysseus in the Odyssey, when he says:
Come, friend, and give me something; for you seem to be no lowly man among the Greeks, but their most noble lord-indeed a chief. So you should offer more than others can-I’d make you famous then in endless lands. I, too, was once

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