by Homer, stating, “For Zeus had yesterday traveled to the ocean to feast with the blameless Ethiopians and all gods went along” (KRG, 2012). These relationships were highly revered by the Greeks, which further places the Aethiopes in the civilized category. According to Strabo, The Phaeacians were located on a small island in the middle of the modern day Atlantic Ocean (KRG, 2012). The Phaeacians were known for the swift ships and remarkable seafaring ability. Along with these attributes, the Phaeacians were very hospitable, similarly to the Aethiopes, treating guests well with many foods (KRG, 2012). In descriptions of the island the Phaeacians lived on, there is a discussion about a magnificent palace. This is the Palace of King Alkinoös, which was constructed by
Romick 3Hephaestus (KRG, 2012). Hephaestus was the Greek god of fire, masonry and construction, meaning that the Phaeacians, similarly to the Aethiopes held relationships with the Greek gods. These similarities between the Aethiopes and the Phaeacians lead to the idealization of cultures and values by the Greeks. Due to the fact that the Hellenic perspective is so relational to Greek culture, the influence these civilized cultures had were significant. This provided the Greeks with aspirations to achieve certain levels of ability, beauty and hospitality, although not always possible. Now that the ideal cultures of the Ancient world have been uncovered, one can move to the modern day in finding similar ideologies in American culture. The idea of an ideal culture is something that Americans experience every day, although mot are not aware of this ideology at all. The American dream is something thatis perpetuated in the capitalist and individualistic society we live in (Samuel & Project Muse, 2012). Visions of the white picket fences with the wrap around porches, stable jobs and green lawns are something that the people of America aim for. This ideal lifestyle is something that instills customs such as work ethic and family first (Kirk, 2012)These customs instill certain values, but they are also reinforced by policies put in place by the United States (US) Government (US Congress, 2010). Policies are formed based off of perceptions held by many Americans, although the origins of the American Dream have not been traced successfully (Samuel & Project Muse, 2012). The implications of the way policies can potentially be formed are essential to understand.
Romick 4The implications of policy making through perceptions of cultures, that have not beenwitnessed first hand, will be fully discussed later in the paper. Though focusing solely on