"Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest"
Odysseus and men blind the cyclops, 6th century BC cup
Public DomainOdysseus and men blind the cyclops, 6th century BC cup - Credit: Bibi Saint-Pol/Wikimedia Commons

This is a quote from Alexander Pope’s translation (1725/6) of Homer’s Odyssey, an ancient Greek epic recounting the adventures of the hero Odysseus as he struggles to return home after ten years at war. One of the main themes of the epic poem is the importance of showing proper hospitality towards one’s guests.

 

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