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Xenia, to Honor Guests

Odyssues' son Telemachos invited a Goddess
disguised as a mortal man to be
an honored guest at their supper.

America as well as much of the entire world would do well to heed the lessons of the past by honoring our homeless, rather than treating them as vermin as is the common practice among all but a very few. In what follows follows, note that Telemachos does not ask Athene - or Athena, the Goddess for whom Athens is name - why she'd come to their home disguised as a man, Telemachos' father's Odysseus' friend Mentes - provides "him" with a comfortable chair and a stool on which to rest "his" feet, invites "him" to supper and sits next to "Mentos" that "he" would not be distracted by his mother's and Odysseus' wife Penelopes' many suitors:

The Ancient Greek practice of "Xenia" or "Guest Friendship" led every such Greek to regard guests - even if they were homeless, complete strangers or even sworn enemies - not simply as honored guests but actually as beloved family. All they need do is show up at one's door.

From "Odyssey" by Homer: Odysseus' and Penelope's son Telemachos finds at the door of their home Odysseus' friend Mentes - actually the Goddess Athena, "The Protectress Of Heroes", having disguised herself:

[Telemachos] saw Athene and went straight to the forecourt, the heart within him scandalized that a guest should still be standing at the doors. He stood beside her and took her by the right hand, and relieved her of the bronze spear, and spoke to her and addressed her in winged words: "Welcome, stranger. You shall be entertained as a guest among us. Afterward, when you have tasted dinner, you shall tell us what your need is." [...] [A]nd he led her and seated her in a chair, with a cloth to sit on, the chair splendid and elaborate. For her feet there was a footstool. For himself, he drew a painted bench next her, apart from the others, the suitors, for fear the guest, made uneasy by the uproar, might lose his appetite there among overbearing people.

To Be Continued.

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