#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for June 27, 2019

Hodie est a.d. V Kal. Quintiles (Iulias) 2772 AUC ~  25 Skirophorion in the second year of the 699th Olympiad

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Odysseus – his identity still a secret – spends a very full day as the guest of the King Alcinous and Queen Arete.  Most of the day is spent in Odysseus doing his best to NOT reveal his identity.  But songs sung by the bard Demodocus, and an ugly incident on the sporting field, both nearly blow Odysseus’s disguise.  I pause our story to explore “Homer the storyteller’s” decision to cast the bard Demodocus in such a glowing light.  Finally, I retell Demodocus’ “Aphrodite and Ares” story, and discuss Homer’s purpose in including the story in The Odyssey.  The episode concludes with Odysseus’ “Big Reveal”, and with the Olympian Gods’ reward to the Phaeacians, for being such devout practitioners of xenia.

Stoicism, starting with Zeno in 300 BCE, was a popular philosophy by the lifetime of Seneca, perhaps even making its way into the New Testament.

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