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In Book 6 of Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus awakens to find himself in the land of Phaeacians. He meets the Phaeacian princess Nausicaa, who directs him to the palace of her parents, Alcinous and Arete. According to Nausicaa, if Odysseus wants to get back home, then he should try to win over Arete.
Odysseus takes Nausicaa's advice and spends much of the middle portion of Homer's Odyssey impressing Arete and Alcinous. Near the end of Odyssey 7, Alcinous promises that he will have a Phaeacian ship take him anywhere he likes. In Odyssey 8, Odysseus experiences the hospitality of the Phaeacians. In Odyssey 9-12, Odysseus tells the Phaeacians of his adventures. Finally, in Odyssey 13, Alcinous, having heard Odysseus' story, immediately gives orders for Odysseus to be taken to his native land:
They all praised his words, and urged the departure of this guest who spoke so eloquently. Then mighty Alcinous called to his herald, saying: ‘Mix the wine, Pontonous, and serve it through the hall, so that once we have prayed to Father Zeus we can send our guest on his way to his own country.” (A.S. Kline translation)
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