The Nausicaa's song - ODYSSEY - n. 3

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    "Ulisse e Nausica, Michele Desubleo 001" di Mentnafunangann

    This Masterpiece is in the House of Italian Paliament.

    It represents the meeting between Odysseus and Nausicaa, after he was shipwrecked.

    The painter decided to represent this meeting describing Nausicaa giving her hospitality to Odysseus: a cloth to cover his dignity.

    We Think that this presence in our Parliament is very significant

    We must remember it.


    In the Odyssey, infact, we learnt the existence of an ancient law about hospitality.

    Our forebears, as Homerus explanes, believed thathe host was Sacred.

    This is a no-written law. It is in the book VI of Odyssey when Odysseus, naked as in the picture, ... meets the Princess Nausicaa.

    This Law talks about the dignity of human beings and the duty to help who needs help.

    We would like to name this law: the Nausicaa's Song


    Book VI


     The Princess and the Stranger

    But now, as she was about to fold her clothes and yoke the mules and turn for home again, now clear-eyed Pallas thought of what came next, to make Odysseus wake and see this young beauty and she would lead him to the Phaeacians’ town. The ball— the princess suddenly tossed it to a maid but it missed the girl, splashed in a deep swirling pool and they all shouted out— and that woke great Odysseus. He sat up with a start, puzzling, his heart pounding: “Man of misery, whose land have I lit on now? What are they here—violent, savage, lawless? or friendly to strangers, god-fearing men?

    After the shipwreck Odisseus woke up on the beach of the Phaeacians’ island and saw a group of young girls; These girls were playing ball and, at one point, princess Nausicaa tossed the ball but missed the aim and hit Odisseus. He sat up being worried about what kind of people he is going to meet. In this passage we can see how Odisseus is like the modern immigrant, in fact he shipwrecked in an unknown island and he didn’t know if the people that live in the island were good or not.

    Miriam Lo Piccolo, 

    Luca Tulli

    And out he stalked as a mountain lion exultant in his power strides through wind and rain and his eyes blaze and he charges sheep or oxen or chases wild deer but his hunger drives him on to go for flocks, even to raid the best-defended homestead. So Odysseus moved out … about to mingle with all those lovely girls, naked now as he was, for the need drove him on.

    Through this simile, Omero describes Ulisse’s arrive at the shore while Nausicaa, Alcinoo’s daughter, is playing ball with her handmaids. After his shipwreck, Ulisse appears very battered but anyway still powerful and determinate to complete his journey; when Nausicaa and the girls see the poor castaway, the latter get scared and run away. In this passage we can note a situation that concerns also nowadays events: in fact as Ulisse’s conditions after his ruin haven’t stopped his grit, in the same way immigrants who arrive at our costs don’t lost their  hopes and face all the adversities they found out.
    Ponti Gloria
    Rosi Riccardo



    Stranger,” the white-armed princess answered staunchly, “friend, you’re hardly a wicked man, and no fool, I’d say— it’s Olympian Zeus himself who hands our fortunes out, to each of us in turn, to the good and bad, however Zeus prefers … He gave you pain, it seems. You simply have to bear it.

    After reading this text, it seems to me, that your fate always depends on gods. You have to survive the pain you are experiencing, even if now it seems impossible to you. In my opinion you have no other options, but survive. But you also have the right to feel your pain. Don't forget about it.

    Karolina Śmielak

    Princess names Odysseus a stranger. She says he’s not a bad or stupid man, but Zeus himself gave him  pain to bear. He just has to face it and try to live his life worthy. It’s like the Refugees- their lives are full of pain and obstacles. They are trying to make their being better, we should help them and accept them even if they're strangers to us.

    Aleksandra Wilińska, Kamila Kutka, Magdalena Putkowska. Aleksander Gajewski


    She called out to her girls with lovely braids: “Stop, my friends! Why run when you see a man? Surely you don’t think him an enemy, do you? There’s no one alive, there never will be one, who’d reach Phaeacian soil and lay it waste. The immortals love us far too much for that. We live too far apart, out in the surging sea, off at the world’s end— no other mortals come to mingle with us. But here’s an unlucky wanderer strayed our way and we must tend him well. Every stranger and beggar comes from Zeus, and whatever scrap we give him he’ll be glad to get.

    This little part of the Odissey  is very imporant.We can see how Nausicaa contemplates  Odisseus : she does not see him as enemy,He is a human, like the island’s citizens, so he can’t be dangerous.She also say another important thing : “ he comes from Zeus”.This means that we are  equal because we are all human in the same way

    Vincenzo Piscitelli.

    She asked her friends if they see Odysseus as an enemy. She doesn’t believe that a person would risk their life by traveling a long, hard, difficult distance just to throw it away. Not everybody asked the Princess for help and Odysseus needs help and she thinks that all people are equal and come from Zeus and therefore we should offer them help. The strangers will be grateful.

    Nowadays every Person has to be like Odysseus. We should help the helpless person and don't have to worry about the refguee and the stranger.

    Thordis Ahrendt

     Mervet Chaktmi (Tunisie)   : It's amazing to see a princess was generous and tolerant with a"refugee" (ODYSSEY) .She called out her girls to treat him like a human ,not like a enemy because he needed help. So we must give a hand to all stranger , refugee... and not be racist with them because  refugee =human


    Stand where you are, dear girls, a good way off, so I can rinse the brine from my shoulders now and rub myself with oil … how long it’s been since oil touched my skin! But I won’t bathe in front of you. I would be embarrassed— stark naked before young girls with lovely braids.” The handmaids scurried off to tell their mistress. Great Odysseus bathed in the river, scrubbed his body clean of brine that clung to his back and broad shoulders, scoured away the brackish scurf that caked his head. And then, once he had bathed all over, rubbed in oil and donned the clothes the virgin princess gave him.

    Odysseus asks the girls for privacy and as soon as they left he oiled himself and bathed in the river. After that Nausicaa herself brought him his clothes. This again shows the helpfulness of the girls and especially that the princess herself brought him his clothes shows that everybody cares about Odysseus. Today we have to behave the same way, greet the refugees with happiness and help them improve their situation.

    Till Kurzenberger and Stecker Kensy


                                                                         We achieved this activity with the help of Italian and Latin Literarture Teacher Stefania Meniconi

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