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Ancient Greece is known for its beautiful theaters and its skilled poets One of the most famous ones at that time and famous even now is Homer Nobody knows who he actually is but the works that he has created are far more than magnificent The Odyssey and The Iliad are two poems that turned into myths have actually been accepted as part of the history of the Greeks The Odyssey is a story about a hero from the Trojan War who struggles to get home to his family and when he finally does he faces the suitors who he fights and defeats with the help of the gods and his son who he hasnt seen for around twenty years The gradual development of the plot the actual end of the book is easily noticed A big role in that development plays hospitality or as Homer calls it the xenia Odysseus journey on his way back to his island Ithaca contains numerous details about hospitality and what it is to be a good or a bad host His voyage is based on the kindness and the warmth of the people There are gods and humans and giants that do not appreciate the hero but he deals with them and we meet with the actual plot of the story his homecomingWarmth and kindness are presented within every visit described in the book Homer draws a very good picture of how guests are welcomed what entertainment they are given and the way they are send on their way The picture is filled with kindness and warmth We could say that the kind of hospitality presented in the book is hardly seen today The different steps of welcoming some one are really interesting The host is bathed and fed right after his arrival no matter who he is Hosts do not really present the question that identifies their guest until later on after he has been well rested
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