One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the Odyssey) an inhabitant of Scheria (Corfu), whose people were noted for their hedonism.
- ‘The next four show Odysseus himself released from the island of Calypso and arriving at the land of the Phaeacians, a half-way house between the fairy-tale world of his adventures and the real world of Ithaca which awaits him.’
- ‘Viewing these Homeric exploits, it is as though the viewers were themselves masquerading as an audience for an epic recitation - perhaps even Odysseus's own recitation of his adventures to the Phaeacians in Books IX-XII of the Odyssey.’
- ‘‘Likening Odysseus’ ‘untriumphal entry’ into the city of the Phaeacians to Jesus' entry into Jerusalem seems forced and strained.‘’
From Latin Phaeacia, Greek Phaiakia, the name of the island of Scheria, + -an.
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