Here the phaeacian leaders used to sit, drinking and eating, holding constant cheer.
It is not to be compared with the phaeacian stories of the adventures of Odysseus.
The picture of the phaeacian court also bears a general resemblance to that of the Danish court as described in Beowulf.
The phaeacian story is indeed episodic; the interest of those adventures is different from that of the meeting with Penelope.
No one can reasonably doubt that the list of phaeacian athletes is the invention of one man.
This poem includes the phaeacian episode, and the account of Ulysses' adventures as told by himself in Books ix.-xii.