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Cultural understanding of Penelope's suitors

Xenia is a concept that represented the relationship between guests and hosts in Ancient Greece, and is a recurring theme in the Odyssey, Iliad, and other Greek works. Essentially, Penelope was ...
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What script would Homer have used?

The question is talking the dominant current view of "Homer", in that this was a person who created these poems sometime around the 8th or perhaps 7th centuries, and then someone familiar ...
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Cultural understanding of Penelope's suitors

Actually, it is quite easy to understand even from today's perspective : Penelope still has presumably living husband. There is no definite proof that Odysseus perished, and Penelope refuses to ...
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What does a "wage" mean in the time of 'The Odyssey'?

The quote is from Odyssey 10.84-6: ἔνθα κ᾿ ἄυπνος ἀνὴρ δοιοὺς ἐξήρατο μισθούς, τὸν μὲν βουκολέων, τὸν δ᾿ ἄργυφα μῆλα νομεύων· ἐγγὺς γὰρ νυκτός τε καὶ ἤματός εἰσι κέλευθοι. where the Greek word ...
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What does a "wage" mean in the time of 'The Odyssey'?

Pre-modern payments for exertion were: gratuities: such as the coin to the beggar payment for an good or instant service: such as the loaf from the baker or the fuck from the whore part of a long ...
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How much of the *Iliad* was confirmed scientifically?

This subject is treated in detail in the 1959 book History and the Homeric Iliad by Denys Lionel Page (Sather classical lectures, volume 31). This book, among other things, summarizes the extremely ...
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What does a "wage" mean in the time of 'The Odyssey'?

The passage is an observation of an interesting characteristic of the location they are passing through at that time (ie. Telepylus). They note that the herders are coming in just at the precise time ...
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