The Odyssey

Who is Nausicaa? What does Athena tell Nausicaa she must do? Why do you think Athena does this?


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Nausicaa is the daughter of King Alcinous At night, Athena visits the Phaiakian princess, Nausikaa, in a dream and urges her to wash her clothing. When Nausiakaa wakens, she takes a mule-cart and her maids, and they wash her clothing in pools by a river. They spread the wet clothing along the beach, then wash themselves and play a game in the nude. Athena has a plan for Odysseus!