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The lessons that Odysseus learns on his way home to Ithaka will allow him to get back to being a good father and leader of his civilization He needs to relearn all of what he once knew as leader of Ithaka in order to safely survive there Luckily Odysseus has a strong will and is able to accomplish all of his goals The three most important lessons he learns are the need for opportunity the importance and enjoyment of group activity and the last most important hospitality The need for opportunity is an important quality of a civilization that Odysseus must learn in order to be leader of Ithaka If he doesnt realize that all the people in his civilization need opportunity his community wouldnt be able to grow and prosper In a Greek culture ruled by Gods as Odysseus lives in he would also be punished if he didnt correctly rule over his city fairly On his journey home Odysseus learns the values of opportunity in many different place the most important being at Alkinoos castle It is here that Athena guides Odysseus after Poseidon ruins his first ship Here Odysseus asks kindly for help on returning home He doesnt at first reveal his identity but he lets the king and his wife know of his troubles here is a man bruised by adversity thrown upon your mercy and the king your husbands begging indulgence of this company tells of a mans hard fought journey home He also even though he hasnt been physically trying to get home for that long shows that all those years at Calypsos he was thinking about just how much he missed Ithaka and his family Alkinoos has mercy on him and helps out OdysseusAnother important part of a civilization is the enjoyment of company and group activity Odysseus learns important keys to this at Alkinoos palace also An uncivilized city wouldnt be able to sustain such healthy
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