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The Odyssey Can Odysseus reflect the cultural values of ancient Greece through his super human qualities Odysseus is the hero of the Odyssey an epic poem believed to have been composed by Homer a blind poet in about 800 BC An epic is a long narrative poem that tells about the escapades of a hero who reflects the ideals and values of a nation or race Odysseus though he often seems larger-than-life reflects the cultural values of ancient Greece Physical strength is a quality that was greatly emphasized throughout the Odyssey In this epic Odysseus is depicted as a very strong man who defeats numerous foes such as the Cyclops Scylla and Circe during his journey home to Ithaca following the Trojan War Upon returning home to Ithaca Odysseus displays his immense strength once more with the stringing of his bow which was very large and required a great deal of physical power to use But the man skilled in all ways of contending so effortlessly in one motion strung the bow Odyssey Book 21 197-203 Of the one hundred men in Odysseus home not one had the strength or expertise to string his bow but Odysseus was able to string it and shoot with it very easily Odysseus great display of power shows that physical strength was a highly regarded trait in ancient Greece Hospitality to guests was also very important to the ancient Greeks The Greeks believed that Zeus who they believed was the god of hospitality would punish any person who was not hospitable to a guest In the Odyssey Odysseus and his men land on the island of the Cyclopes where they explore a cave and become trapped inside by a savage Cyclops named Polyphemus Odysseus warned Polyphemus that Zeus would punish any person that mistreats a guest We would entreat you great Sir have a care for the gods courtesy Zeus will avenge the unoffending guest
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