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Month: June 2020

Hospitality in Homer’s The Odyssey

Hospitality in Homer’s The Odyssey

Throughout Homer’s The Odyssey there are many running themes, one of the most prevalent being hospitality. Hospitality, or the ancient greek rule of Xenia, or “guest-friendship,” was one familiar to the original audience of The Odyssey. The idea of “guest-friendship” or Xenia is fairly straightforward. The ancient Greeks believed (as did many other ancient cultures) that the gods came down to the land of the mortals disguised as travelers in need of a place to stay, to test the hospitality…

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