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The Odyssey

The Odyssey


by Homer

The Odyssey Laodamas Quotes


Quote 1

(Laodamas:) ‘Come you also now, father stranger, and try these contests, if you have skill in any. It beseems you to know athletics, for there is no greater glory that can befall a man living than what he achieves by speed of his feet or strength of his hands. So come then and try it, and scatter those cares that are on your spirit. Your voyage will not be put off for long, but now already your ship is hauled down to the sea, and your companions are ready.’ (8.145-151)

We see from Laodamas that there are many different ways to show hospitality; it extends beyond mere provisions to friendly camaraderie.