Guest Friendship By Homer 's The Odyssey

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Guest-Friendship In the epic The Odyssey, by Homer, the tale of Odysseus’s homecoming is told through a number of stories. Within these stories, it’s shown how important the idea of hospitality is in their culture, and how different people may act when guests come to their home. Xenia, or guest-friendship, is the belief in Ancient Greece that when a guest comes to your home, you should bring them inside and give them food and drink until they are satisfied, and then after that you may ask them who they are and where they come from. Throughout the story, this is how most of the hospitality scenes happen, until there is a violation of the ancient belief. When xenia is violated, the men were to be punished by the gods, which is why so many people continued this belief. The violation of xenia majorly affects the story, both with the loss of Odysseus’s crew by the island of Thrinacia and the murder of the suitors in Ithaca, and it shows how important the idea of xenia is to the people of Greece. The first major violation of xenia that is shown is the slaughter of the Sungod’s cattle. Odysseus warns his crew not to stop by the island for a night’s rest, but he is outvoted and they stay for the night. In the morning, there are too strong of winds for them to leave, and they end up being stranded on the island for many days and nights, until they eventually run out of food. Odysseus knows that they cannot kill the cattle on the island because they are his prized possessions. It is

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