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Hospitality and Treachery in Western Literature$
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James A. W. Heffernan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300195583

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300195583.001.0001

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Classical Hospitality

Classical Hospitality

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(p.13) 1 Classical Hospitality
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Hospitality and Treachery in Western Literature
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James A. W. Heffernan

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300195583.003.0002

The final book of Homer's Iliad demonstrates a scene of classical hospitality. After Priam entered the tent of Achilles, Achilles promised to defend the Trojan king as host defends his guests. In Western literature, this is a principle that survives to this very day in Arab culture: since hospitality requires a suspension of violence, a man must protect anyone who becomes his guest, even his mortal enemy.

Keywords:   Homer, Iliad, hospitality, Priam, Achilles, host, guests, enemy

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