Xenia in Vitruvius' Greek house: andron, ξείνία and xenia from Homer to Augustus

  title={Xenia in Vitruvius' Greek house: andron, $\xi$$\epsilon$ί$\nu$ί$\alpha$ and xenia from Homer to Augustus},
  author={Simon Weir},
  journal={The Journal of Architecture},
  pages={868 - 883}
  • Simon Weir
  • Published 3 September 2015
  • History
  • The Journal of Architecture
Vitruvius' de Architectura uses the Latin word ‘xenia’ once, in the chapter on the Greek house, in a seemingly casual note about decorative painting. Yet the Greek homophone denotes a long-esteemed ethical principle permeating Athenian culture and Homeric legend. Greek-speaking readers of de Architectura cannot have missed the reference. Roughly translated as hospitality to strangers, the Greek xenia (ξείνία) referred to both a set of ritualised practices and a socio-political disposition… 
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