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Phaeacian

(fiːˈeɪʃən)
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth one of a race of people inhabiting the island of Scheria visited by Odysseus on his way home from the Trojan War
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He is to be convoyed neither by gods nor men, but after a perilous voyage of twenty days upon a raft he is to reach fertile Scheria, {50} the land of the Phaeacians, who are near of kin to the gods, and will honour him as though he were one of ourselves.
He could see him sailing upon the sea, and it made him very angry, so he wagged his head and muttered to himself, saying, "Good heavens, so the gods have been changing their minds about Ulysses while I was away in Ethiopia, and now he is close to the land of the Phaeacians, where it is decreed that he shall escape from the calamities that have befallen him.
But Minerva resolved to help Ulysses, so she bound the ways of all the winds except one, and made them lie quite still; but she roused a good stiff breeze from the North that should lay the waters till Ulysses reached the land of the Phaeacians where he would be safe.
Days seven and ten did he sail over the sea, and on the eighteenth the dim outlines of the mountains on the nearest part of the Phaeacian coast appeared, rising like a shield on the horizon.
You seem to be a sensible person, do then as I bid you; strip, leave your raft to drive before the wind, and swim to the Phaeacian coast where better luck awaits you.
This hath been strongly urged in defence of Homer's miracles; and it is perhaps a defence; not, as Mr Pope would have it, because Ulysses told a set of foolish lies to the Phaeacians, who were a very dull nation; but because the poet himself wrote to heathens, to whom poetical fables were articles of faith.
In Book 5, between his stay on Calypso's island and his washing ashore on Scheria where the Phaeacians rule, Odysseus suffers Poseidon's curse for blinding his son the Cyclops Polyphemus.
The Phaeacians, with their activity, agility, and seamanship, are antithetical to the inactivity enforced on Ogygia ant to the lack of means of transportation that Calypso alleges to Hermes (5.
This contradiction could be also explained due to a special utopian status of the queen, since the poet depicts the land of the Phaeacians with all sort of utopian features.
Among the Phaeacians, Alcinous is well on his way to deciphering his guest's identity when he notices, for the second time ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], 8.
In the Preface to his Universal History, Simocatta recalls how Ulysses found in the Phaeacians an audience thirsty for his tales: "the Phaeacians took such delight in the study of History that they dismissed the cup that cheers, transformed the banquet into a theatre [sic], distended their ears and gazed openmouthed at the narrator.
And for Herodotus--as for the Phaeacians in Homer's Odyssey, who provoke Poseidon's wrath by the mere fact that they "escorted all mankind and never came to grief" (8.