home and hospitality
A selection of gift ideas relating to hospitality and welcome.
XENIA, the sacred relationship between host and guest, was at the core of ancient Greek society.
In the Iliad and Odyssey, if you visited friends you would take a gift with you. You would be welcomed, fed, and entertained, then given a 'guest gift' when you left. If you were a stranger or wanderer, you would only be asked your identity after being given welcome and nourishment.
Examples of 'guest gifts' in ancient Greece were bronze tripods. Some storerooms in Homeric palaces were heaving with them!
Zeus, in addition to being king of the gods, was also responsible for hospitality and the sacred bond between host and guest. He was also the protector of the family unit.