Essay about Homer's Hospitality
In creating relationships with one another through the use of hospitality helped to benefit one’s social status as one’s network of connection expanded. These relationships often led to alliances made with trade and war. For instance, in The Odyssey, Odysseus’s friendship with Menelaus led him to into war against Troy. The significance of this relationship shows how Odysseus’s status becomes fortified as stories of the Trojan War characterizes him as brave, strong and smart. This is evident when Demodokos sings tales of the Trojan War when Odysseus is feasting with Alkinoos, King of Phaecians (Od. 8.500- 520). The main importance of creating relationships was that it was hereditary; the reputations of the previous generations were passed onto the younger generations. Evidence is presented when Nestor says, “ No, no , in my house the dear son of Odysseus shall not have to go to sleep on the deck of a ship, as long as I am alive, and my sons after me are left in my place” (Od. 3. 352-354). This quotation is significance as it shows how Telemachos benefits from his father’s friendship with Nestor, whom both fought at Troy together. The forging of friendship widens one’s social life as their reputation opens doors for benefits.
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