1. The listeners must be sophoi ‘skilled’ in understanding the message encoded in the poetry. That is, they must be mentally qualified.2. They must be agathoi ‘noble’. That is, they must be morally qualified.
3. They must be philoi ‘near and dear’ to each other and to the one who is telling them the ainos.
That is, they must be emotionally qualified. Communication
is achieved through a special sense of community, that is, through
recognizing “the ties that bind.”