Gift Giving in Dark age Greece, odyssy used as reference

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History 101-06: Hist-Civilizations Gift-giving and Hospitality in the Odyssey Gift-giving and hospitality among the heroes of Dark Age Greece is one of the strongest reflections of aristocratic Greek society. The acts themselves reflect two separate aspects of the society. One aspect is what was received from gift giving, and the other is what was expected from gift giving. The first half of the Odyssey encompasses two journeys: that of Telemachus', and that of Odysseus'. Through both journeys, Telemachus and Odysseus rely greatly on the hospitality of others to get from one point to another. For instance when Telemachus met Nestor, Nestor gave his son and many goods to aid Telemachus in reaching his destination. Also with out Nestor's hospitality, Telemachus would not have learned anything of his father, Odysseus. It is evident that in the Greek aristocratic society hospitality was expected. Giving gifts and hospitality was a political move for the aristocrats in the Odyssey.
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2010 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Kebric during the Fall '08 term at University of Louisville.

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