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Finley MI The World of Odysseus New York Viking Press 1978 126 129SynopsisFinley is expressing through this work how the women of the Greek culture were not as important as the men Finley has broken this work down into four sections of the Greek culture Bedmate Philein love same sex relationships and father son relationshipSummaryFinley opens this work speaking on how the Greek culture does not use the term wife instead they use the term bedmate Finley then explains how it was a mans world and how it is one in which the inferior status of women was neither concealed nor idealized There was also no specific meaning for the words husband and wifeIn the next section Finley uses the word Philein this word means to love It was used in every context in which there were positive ties between people126 This section also discusses how monogamy was the rule for marriages Divorce was unheard of in the Greek culture There was only one instance when Hephaestus threatened to return his adulterous wife Aphrodite to her father 127In the third section Finley is explaining the importance of same sex relationships This section is explaining how the Greek man had feeling for the opposite sex but his feelings for the same sex were stronger there are no similes drawn from a husbands joy in his wife 127 In Greek culture we hear more about the Greek man being overcome with grief as a result of the loss on another man not as a result of the loss of a women Finley states that Neither Greek practice nor Greek ethics therefore would have seen anything inconsistent or unlikely in the coexistence of an erotic relationship between heroes and their vaunted prowess with the opposite sex 128In the final section of this work by Finley Father and son relationships are discussed It is explained that the reason for fathers and sons closeness is due to
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