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The Odyssey Essay Greek Culture and Life as Evident in The Odyssey During the Dark Ages 1200 - 800 BC the art of writing was uncared for and lost Furthermore during this age the population of the world had declined along with the wealth of individuals It is during that time period however that Homer composed The Odyssey Although written during the Dark Ages Homer writes about the Late Bronze Age 1600 - 1200 BC when life was much better The Odyssey is said to have never been written down and only orally passed on Nonetheless for the reason that this is such a long epic it is believed that at least some part of this long epic must have been inscribed Although a myth many aspects of Greek culture and life are portrayed well in The Odyssey such as the great hospitality that the Greeks had and showed towards visitors the gods in which the Greeks believed in and how the Greeks kept themselves entertained in their leisure hours during the day Hospitality is one of the more obvious aspects that Greeks seem to have throughout The Odyssey As soon as Telemachus sees Athena disguised as Mentor he scurries towards her and invites him to eat Welcome Friend he said You can tell us what has brought you here when you have had some food Pg 7 The Greeks frequently invited their guests to eat before questioning their identities or where they had come from Also when a guest was to leave the house of his host the host would usually give his departing guest gifts as a memory and as a farewell item Stay for twelve days or so and then Ill send you off in style You shall have glorious gifts from me - three horses and a splendid chariot Ill give you a lovely cup as well to remind you of me all your life Pg 62 Being hospitable to
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