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110 on Thu May 20 13:44:51 BST 2010. 002 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2010 Hetairos 31 relatives (oikeioi) or those belonging to the same descent-group (genos), while those connected by philia are comrades (hetairoi). " As a substantive, philos retains the looseness or breadth of the adjective (cf. Od. 13 To sum up: contrary to the still prevailing view, philos in the archaic epic always suggests a positive affect, and this says much about the intensity of feeling for home and loved ones that is ascribed to the heroes.
In the language of Homer, however, philos does not apply specifically to friends, and this raises a question about the description of friendship in the epics. In epic diction, the word philos is used primarily as an adjective. It may modify terms for close companions or relatives, and in such contexts is naturally translated as "dear"; the adjective preserves this sense in classical and later Greek as well. In archaic or archaizing literature, philos is applied also to parts of the body, such as knees and hands, as well as to parts of the psyche such as the thumos (the seat of intense feelings).
Also Dirlmeier 1931: 22-3; H. Kakridis 1963: 51-75; less reliable: Stagakis 1975: 65-93. 110 on Thu May 20 13:44:51 BST 2010. 002 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2010 32 Archaic Greece there is no necessary sense of personal affection. 428-42). 532—5). The contrast is instructive: hetairoi refers to Odysseus' shipmates, while philoi indicates his dear ones back in Ithaca. Some companions or hetairoi may be particularly dear. 581-6, the Phaeacian lord Alcinous, having observed that Demodocus' song about Troy has caused Odysseus to weep, inquires of the hero: Has then some relative of yours died at Ilium who had been a good man, a son-in-law or father-in-law, who are closest kin [kedistoi] after one's own blood and family?
Derrida and the Political by Ric Beardsworth