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Publication details for Dr Krastu Banev

Banev, K. (2018). 'Hospitality'. In Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online. Hunter, David G., van Geest, Paul J.J. & Peerbolte, Bert Jan Lietaert Brill.

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The term “hospitality” often translates the Greek φιλοξενία/philoxenia for which a more faithful but less handy rendition would be the “loving care shown to strangers.” The concept is closely related to that of φιλανθρωπία/philanthropia – the “love for fellow human beings.”

In ancient Greece and Rome, these two terms defined the borders of the civilized world (Hiltbrunner, 1972; 1992; Chadwick, 1992; Constable, 2003). Odysseus elegantly expressed this distinction upon his return to Ithaca:

Alas, to the land of what mort…