Alcinous


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Al·cin·o·us

 (ăl-sĭn′ō-əs)
n. Greek Mythology
A king of Phaeacia, father of Nausicaa, who entertained Odysseus.

Alcinoüs

(ælˈsɪnəʊəs)
n
(Poetry) (in Homer's Odyssey) a Phaeacian king at whose court the shipwrecked Odysseus told of his wanderings. See also Nausicaä
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He surrounded the city with a wall, built houses and temples, and divided the lands among his people; but he was dead and gone to the house of Hades, and King Alcinous, whose counsels were inspired of heaven, was now reigning.
She went straight to the beautifully decorated bedroom in which there slept a girl who was as lovely as a goddess, Nausicaa, daughter to King Alcinous. Two maid servants were sleeping near her, both very pretty, one on either side of the doorway, which was closed with well made folding doors.
On seeing one so unkempt and so begrimed with salt water, the others scampered off along the spits that jutted out into the sea, but the daughter of Alcinous stood firm, for Minerva put courage into her heart and took away all fear from her.
I will show you the way to the town, and will tell you the name of our people; we are called Phaeacians, and I am daughter to Alcinous, in whom the whole power of the state is vested."
Then, when you think we must have done this, come into the town and ask the way to the house of my father Alcinous. You will have no difficulty in finding it; any child will point it out to you, for no one else in the whole town has anything like such a fine house as he has.
The third kind depends on memory when the sight of some object awakens a feeling: as in the Cyprians of Dicaeogenes, where the hero breaks into tears on seeing the picture; or again in the 'Lay of Alcinous,' where Odysseus, hearing the minstrel play the lyre, recalls the past and weeps; and hence the recognition.
King Alcinous, in Mr Pope's Odyssey, offers his daughter to Ulysses.
Well, I said, I will tell you a tale; not one of the tales which Odysseus tells to the hero Alcinous, yet this too is a tale of a hero, Er the son of Armenius, a Pamphylian by birth.
54: Hesiod regarded Arete as the sister of Alcinous.
(29) Nausicaa is introduced in Book 6 as a girl still under the guardianship of her parents, who gains permission from her father Alcinous to go to the river to wash clothes with the tacit understanding that it is in preparation for her impending marriage (6.57-70).