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Odyssey Essay Leadership Ross Johnson Throughout the Odyssey the lead character Odysseus is presented as the ideal Greek leader He demonstrates this through the treatment of his men and how he deals with problems that are presented to him Because the Odyssey was first a spoken myth it took on the shape of the society in which it was told Including that societys moral and ethical values as well as its desires in the traits of a leader A leader must first be defined then set apart from other potential leaders then the leader must be tested through his actions only then can a definite leader be defined First one must define the ideal Greek leader An ideal Greek leader commands the respect of those being led but also gives respect He must be intelligent and cunning and able to think logically with the intentions of keeping the well being of those under him Reverence to the gods is mandatory as they are viewed as the supreme leaders An ideal leader must have an ability to lead a military victoriously but also know when military action is not necessary There are many other traits that the ideal Greek leader must possess but none are as important as those that have been listed Another way of proving Odysseus as the ideal leader is by contrasting him with other leaders Two other characters in the book that could be considered character foils are Antinoos and Alkinoos two very different leaders Alkinoos King of the Phaeacians is presented as leader who is open to outsiders another trait that is revered in ancient Greek culture When he provides the hospitality to Odysseus he shows his welcoming manner by not only allowing Odysseus to stay as his guest but also taking him back to Ithaca When you came here to my strong home Odysseus under my tall roof headwinds were left behind you Clear sailing shall you have
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