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In "The Odyssey," how do Odysseus and his companions expect to be treated by the...

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tropicalcoconut | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 29, 2009 at 8:20 AM via web

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In "The Odyssey," how do Odysseus and his companions expect to be treated by the Cyclops?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 2, 2009 at 8:15 AM (Answer #1)

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In one word, Odysseus and his companions expected hospitality. The Greeks esteemed "xenia" very highly. This was a kind of ritualized hospitality, especially governing the relationship between guests and hosts. That's one of the reasons why Odysseus got so mad at the suitors, by the way: they abused that relationship in the extreme. Odysseus, though, expected to be given food and shelter, as he would do for a traveler far from home. Instead, he and his men got trapped, eaten, etc. This was a terrible infraction of the customs of Greek society, one that would anger Zeus himself.

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Posted March 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM (Answer #3)

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In "The Odyssey," how do Odysseus and his companions expect to be treated by the Cyclops?

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xan15 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 24, 2009 at 10:25 AM (Answer #4)

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encounter with maron reveal about ancient greek attitudes regarding hospitality?

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