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Throughout Odysseus many adventures in his efforts to return home to Ithaca Homer describes many various cultures that his title character meets along the way Though many of these cultures could be identified as subcultures of the Greek world each has unique qualities that separate it from the other cultures Chief among these qualities is the set of values and morals that serve to define a cultures viewpoint toward life This is no different in regards to the Phaeacian society on whose land Odysseus washes ashore after leaving Calypsos Island The Phaeacian value system is aligned to support the societys seafaring nature and love of the sea As a result the system of values rotates around the Golden Rule Treat others as you want others to treat youWhen Odysseus first washes ashore in Phaeacia he is in a disheveled state much resembling that of a beggar and his initial encounter with Nausicca relates this through is humility before Nausicca in asking for clothing Here I am at your mercy princess - But if youre one of the mortals three times blest are your father your queenly mother bk 6 ln 163-9 However Nausicca who understands her peoples dependence on sea travel and hospitality yet is skeptical of a man who approaches young maidens without clothing devises a test of Odysseus true intentions without showing disrespect She offers Odysseus her maids aid in his bathing and the remainder of the olive oil Odysseus graciously accepts her offer however he shows further respect for Nausicca by asking the maids to turn aside as he bathes himself Stand where you are girls a good way off But I wont bathe in front of you I would be embarrassed - stark naked before young girls with beautiful braids bk 6 ln 241-6 Odysseus partial refusal of Nausiccas offer coupled with her favorable reaction identifies Phaeacian societys value of hospitality and
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