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kitkat123 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 24, 2008 at 4:08 AM via web

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What does the encounter with Maron in "The Odyssey" tell you about ancient Greek attitudes toward hospitality?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 2, 2008 at 10:15 AM (Answer #1)

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The encounter with Maron shows just how important hospitality (also called xenia, meaning roughly the duty of a host to a guest) is to the Greeks. They spare his life when they are destroying the entire rest of the city; he gives them wine in return. An exchange of gifts or services binds the two parties, and will bind their offspring as well. They are strangers no longer.

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miro905 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 18, 2008 at 8:29 AM (Answer #2)

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Greek hospitality also shows a certain interest in merit-making. They were inclined to even receive guests who were beggars and would not have anything to offer in return. 

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