Analysis Of ' The Odyssey ' Essay

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Ancient Greek’s regarded hospitality with great importance in their culture. Being a good host was a reflection of power, as well as a form of honoring the gods, especially Zeus—who was associated with xenia. Xenia extended past hospitality rather it was a form of proper behavior between individuals, both host and guest. This mutual trust helped establish and create bonds. These bonds were often created through eating; food was associated with bonding and power, eating was seen as a luxury and a form of honoring the gods and themselves. Eating went beyond the general statement of cultural tradition to the representations of punishment as a result of surrendering to temptation which was a testament to the strength and self-restraint of an individual; food was sacred in this culture and illustrated the societal views and standards.
The distinctiveness of xenia is often depicted through great hospitality that is prominent in Greek culture. The importance of eating and all its multiple meanings, are illustrated in Homer’s “The Odyssey.” In this epic Homer portrays a more domestic lifestyle, providing insight into the proper behavior in dinning and the significance of eating. Feasts were a form of appeasing the gods, as they savored the smoke from the meat since they no longer ate cooked meat. The tradition, apart from having sacred connotation, was also a form in which the men could live fully. By being respectful to the gods, the feasting allowed men to fulfill their desires in…

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