Publication details [#61824]

Mari, Francesco. 2016. The stranger on the threshold. Telemachus welcomes Athena in Odyssey 1.102–143: a case study of polite interaction in ancient Greek culture. Journal of Politeness Research 12 (2) : 221–244.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


Goffman's analytical categories are used to interpret Telemachus' polite, very formal, ritual reception of the goddess Athena, masked as the aged unco Mentes, in Ithaca's royal palace. This welcoming observes an orderly, multi-step pattern, exacting high householder-guest collaboration levels, honoring interpersonal social expectations and conduct norms imposed by the actual social situation itself.