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1) What are the major characteristics of epics?
An epic is a long poem that typically is a narrative that originates in an ancient oral tradition and usually details the exploits of a historic figure or the actions of nations.
2) How does Xenia serve to structure the “Odyssey” as a literary work?
Hospitality was very important to the ancient Greeks and Xenia literally means “guest-friendship.” In the Odyssey guests were expected to receive excellent hospitality. When Telemachus goes to Menelaos or Nestor, however, are excellent examples of the Greeks philosophy of hospitality....
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