Early on, it is clear that the Greeks practice a general code of hospitality. Whenever a stranger visits, the hosts will first feed the guest before becoming acquainted with them. For example, when Telemachus visits the King Neleus, they are invited to join in on their rituals for Poseidon. It was only after they had eaten the feast did their hosts begin to question who they were (Homer, The Odyssey, Book 3, Lines 72-81). Later, Menelaus makes sure to do the same, for as he says to the lord Eteoneus, “just think of all the hospitality we enjoyed at the hands of other men before we made it home” (Homer, The Odyssey, Book 4, Lines 38-39).
So, if a man wants to propose to a woman he would throw an apple to her. If she caught the apple she has accepted the proposal. A couple would eat apples on their wedding night not only a treat but apples were associated with love. Greek wedding receptions are festive full of singing, dancing, eating, and drinking the feast may include such traditional dishes, flavored liqueur and wine are the drinks of choice. The rich flavorful food is followed by lively dancing and celebrating.
Her role as a woman was also to give recognition to the characters when they deserved it. For example, during Beowulfs first feast at Heorot, “Wealthow came in, Hrothgar’s queen, observing the courtesies, Adourned in her gold, she graciously saluted the men in the hall, handed the cup first to Hrothgar, their homelands guardian, urging him to drink deep and enjoy it because he was dear to them. And he drank it down like the warlord he was, with festive cheer…decked out in rings offering the goblet to all ranks, treating the household and the assembled troops until it was Beowulfs turn to take it from her hand. With measured words she welcomed the Geat and thanked God for granting her wish that a deliverer she could believe in would arrive to ease their afflictions”. (605-615) When Wealthow gives the cup to Hrothgar first she is showing who the boss of the place is and setting the hierarchy of the story.
The Role of Hospitality in The Odyssey Each culture treats strangers and guests differently. Hospitality is a way of life. Hospitality plays a huge role in ancient Greek life throughout The Odyssey. In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, it became fundamental to telling the story. Hospitality also means that people could travel without being rejected or having no where to go.
Foremost, Homer highlights the custom of hospitality to teach his readers about ancient Greek Culture. When a visitor arrives at a one’s home, the master of the house has a responsibility to treat the guest with hospitality and invite him, even if he is a stranger, into his home. Once inside, the guest shall have “a royal welcome” (1.144). He may have anything he desires including food, drinks, supplies etc. The suitors take advantage of this custom and invade Odysseus’ home when they are courting Penelope.
* No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments. 1 Timothy 5:23 * Its allowance is also spoken of in Isaiah 25:6 "On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine-- the best of meats and the finest of wines." Furthermore in John chapter 2 Jesus himself miraculously provides about 150 gallons of wine for a wedding he attended where they had run out of wine. * It says in Eph 5:18 "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit" * Wine” is mentioned 260 times in the Bible and “strong drink” is mentioned 21 times. In the Hebrew and in the Greek, “wine” refers to fermented grape juice and “strong drink” refers to the alcohol fermented from fruits and grains and is called “beer” or “hard liquor” today * Jesus (Lk.
It is something that we often overlook, but if you pay attention it can help you understand ones’ standing in society. Virginia Woolf compares two meals, one at a womens’ college and one at a mens’ college. She uses the meals as an extended metaphor to indirectly compare both sexes’ societal positions by her use of diction and imagery. Virginia Woolf describes the first meal, which is the men’s dinner, with exuberant adjectives and comparisons. The dinner is portrayed as carefree and jovial.
I would pour out barley to stuff your granary; but as for making you my wife – that I will not.” Ishtar acts arrogant going to her father Anu for the bull of heaven and tells him that if he doesn’t give her the bull she will make the dead rise and have more of the undead than the living. Siduri the goddess of wine-making and brewing assists Gilgamesh on his journey to find Utnapishtim. Utnapishtim's Wife persuades him to inform Gilgamesh about the magical plant that can restore youth. This gives Gilgamesh a diminutive amount of hope for immortality. He seeks this magical plant and retrieves it only to have it taken by a serpent who sheds its skin becoming young
Legend says that the residents of the city and Cecrops, a half-man half-snake, went up on a high hill, possibly the Acropolis, to watch Athena and Poseidon give their gifts. Poseidon gifted them with an unending spring of water and Athena planted an olive tree. The citizens decided that they liked the olive tree more because it provided them with food, oil, and firewood, so they declared Athena their patron goddess and names their city after her: Athens. The Acropolis has long existed as a meeting place for different important event. Acropolis, one of the oldest sites in Greece, literally translates to “the highest point in town.” The Parthenon and Mars Hill exist as the two historically important sites on the Acropolis that have impacted the history.