Propriety, Impropriety, And The Gaining Of Kleos In The Phaiakian Episode

Philip S. Peek
The Phaiakian episode of the Odyssey has provoked much critical commentary. The main reason T is its ambiguity: the passage contains contradictory elements that demand explanation. For example, a main contradiction is that the Phaiakians are depicted as hyper-civilized and said to be unfriendly to strangers. Eustathius 1566.7–9 and the scholia to 7.16 and 7.32 explained the contradiction in terms of class: Phaiakian nobles are hospitable; Phaiakian commoners, rude. The text, however, fails to uphold...
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