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Book 8 of the Odyssey helps to show an interesting value that the Greeks held high and that we hold high in our society today This important value is that wrongs done to people must be paid for The story of Ares and Aphrodite the argument between Euryalus and Odysseus and the underlying conflict between Odysseus and the suitors he has not yet met are three specific instances in book 8 that prove this values importance to the Greek culture Aphrodite is the wife of Hephaestus a blacksmith and a god Ares the very athletic and very handsome god is sleeping with the Goddess Aphrodite behind Hephaestus back Hephaestus friend and messenger Hermes becomes aware of the affair taking place and informs Hephaestus Cunning Hephaestus upset and angry begins plotting his revenge He first forges an unbreakable chain that will ensnare the two fornicators when they again lie in bed together Next he tells his wife that he is leaving to visit his favorite city Lemnos During his short trip he has Hermes spy on the two so that when they lie down together and get caught in the chains he can inform Hephaestus and he can return to catch them in bed His cunning plan works he has Ares and Aphrodite trapped in the bed and calls the other gods to come and witness the wrong that has been done to him The gods all come in and see what has happened They utter such phrases as Crime doesnt pay and Ares has to pay the fine for adultery on page 116 Poseidon pleads with Hephaestus Let him go and I will ensure he will pay you fair compensation before all the gods This is a story that is told to an entire banquet and many people are surely going to hear it Im sure this story to the Greek culture served more as a teaching technique for children and young men then for
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