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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