In what condition does Odysseus arrive in Shceria, and why is it appropriate? In Homer's Odyssey, what is the condition of Odysseus once he arrives in Scheria? Why is this appropriate?  The...

In what condition does Odysseus arrive in Shceria, and why is it appropriate?

In Homer's Odyssey, what is the condition of Odysseus once he arrives in Scheria? Why is this appropriate?  The Odyssey of Homer book V.

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Odysseus is shipwrecked and exhausted, lying in a pile of leaves--mostly naked.  He ends up in the hands of the Phaecians (aka Scheria) as a beggar--which is what will get him to King Alcinous using the "hospitality" rule.  They won't ask questions and will give him food, drink and clothing before demanding his name and reason for being there.  This was appropriate so that Odysseus could get help from them to get home.  Once they find out who he is, they will help him.

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