Religion In Homer's The Odyssey

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In Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, religion affects immensely people’s perceptions of others, because the Greek’s reverence for the gods is an integral part of their culture, and they way they communicate. In Greek culture there are only two options for a person’s character. Odysseus declares,“I want to find out what those men are like, Wild savages with no sense of right or wrong or hospitable folk who fear the gods” (9.170-1). People believe that others either fear the gods, and are therefore nice and hospitable people, or they don’t, in which case they are barbarians, with no ability to differentiate between right and wrong. Fearing and respecting the gods is an essential part of greek culture. As Homer revealed: “give us the gifts that are
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