Lecture 10 - Lecture 10 10/06/09 Greek Culture of...

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Lecture 10 10/06/09 Greek Culture of Hospitality/ Culture of Hosts Odysseus’s journey home is heavily relying on strangers’ hospitality Odyssey is a wanderer and a loner, his warrior code is different Culture of Hospitality Arrival to Phaeacia. “Now, by my life, mankind again! But who? Savages, are they, strangers to courtesy? Or gentle folk, who know and fear the gods?” P.121. Odysseus flatters Nausikaa, his speech kind of makes him feel safer, he knows that a savage person would behave irrationally at some point in the conversation. Nausikaa: “But now that you have taken refuge here you shall not lack for clothing, or any other comfort due to a poor man in distress.” P. 123. Odysseus’s identity remains hidden; he doesn’t reveal himself - (disguise, masks). Demands food and clothing: it is about being generous, which manifests in greeting and departing. Odysseus depends on other people’s hospitality. Gift giving – the act of giving is important, not the gift itself (the episode with exchanging a big gift that would sink his boat). The amount of the gifts the Phoenicians gave him surpasses the amount of
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Lecture 10 - Lecture 10 10/06/09 Greek Culture of...

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