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In the American culture today there are certain guidelines to which we must conform when we are a guest in someones home If we are invited to a friends house for dinner it is customary to find out what we are expected to bring This is just common knowledge During the time of the Ancient Greeks similar guidelines were in place that delineated the relationship between guest and host According to a commentary by Russell Murphy this was a time in which One was required to be welcoming to strangers or else be thought of as a godless outlaw The Odyssey A Commentary page 1 The guidelines in Ancient Greece were very important The guest treated the host with respect and dignity while the host freely provided the guest with food and shelter and showered the visitor with gifts upon departure While reading The Odyssey it is clear that when the guidelines are properly executed guest host or both benefit It the guidelines are not followed or even ignored a malevolent force gains control of the situation and many times the guest host or both suffer the consequences In Homers The Odyssey there are many good guest-host relationships in addition to many bad ones The encounter between Polyphemos and Odysseus and between the suitors and Odysseus house are examples of mutual disrespect for the guest-host relationship Eumaios the swineherd and Odysseus are a perfect example of how a guest and host should behave When Odysseus and his men first reached the land of the Kyklopes they kept at bay until Odysseus decided that he wanted to go exploring Old shipmates friends the rest of you stand by Ill make the crossing in my own ship with my own company and find out what the mainland natives are - for they may be wild savages and lawless or hospitable and god-fearing men page 142 At this they set out to find the inhabitants of the land
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