In Homer's Odyssey, what are some differences between Ithaca and Sparta?
The fourth book of Homer's Odyssey provides the audience with glimpse at the town of Sparta, also known as Lacedaemon. As Homer opens Book 4, he describes the town as being "hill country" and as having "deep gorges". Ithaca also has its share of rugged terrain, but the reader should keep in mind that Ithaca is an island, whereas Sparta is in the central part of southern Greece. Later in Book 4, Telemachus contrasts the two lands. His main point is that while Sparta is a decent place to have...
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