Homer is awash with examples of great hospitality and generosity between hosts and guests, even uninvited ones washing up on the beach. Here is a pithy proverb summing up the responsibility of each.

Logue’s magnificent rendition of several books of the Iliad isn’t a translation looking back so much as a casting forward, vigorous and fresh. See the bestellar review complete with dozens of gripping quotations and metaphors.

 

‘The proverb says:

The host requires the guest to make himself at home.

The guest remembers he is not.’

 

Source: Christopher Logue,War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 92

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