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What does Odysseus do to break the rules of Xenia?

cave anyway), Odysseus is breaking the xenia laws. Likewise, Odysseus shows very poor hospitality by slaughtering the 108 suitors in his own house. He also brandishes a sword on the nymph Circe when he and his men pay a visit to her island.

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Also to know is, who violates Xenia in the Odyssey?

Paris violated xenia when he was a guest in Menelaus' house; Odysseus searches for xenia in the sense of "hospitable reception" in a wide variety of situations' in Bks. 9-12, as well as on Ithaca itself and even in his own house.

Furthermore, what are the rules of Xenia? Xenia consists of two basic rules:

  • The respect from host to guest. The host must be hospitable to the guest and provide him/her with food and drink and a bath, if required.
  • The respect from guest to host. The guest must be courteous to the host and not be a burden.

Similarly, it is asked, how does Odysseus show Xenia?

In Book One, Telemachus shows xenia to the disguised Athena by graciously welcoming her into his own home and offering her food. He even moves her chair away from the suitors who are rude. Eumaeus the Swineherd shows xenia to the disguised Odysseus, claiming guests come under the protection of Zeus.

How important is Xenia in the Odyssey?

Hospitality, or Xenia, is so essential in Greek society that Zeus, in addition to being the king of the Gods, is also the God of travelers (Wikipedia). This created an obligation for the host to be hospitable to their guests, and conversely, the guests had their own responsibilities as well.

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