Hospitality suggests a generosity of spirit and a full-throated welcome. The hospitable soul not only welcomes visitors but celebrates their arrival. They are curious about where the traveler hails from and where they will be going. They must trust the visitor and be trusted by them in turn. In ancient Greece, xenia was the term for this relationship between host and guest and the concept was a cornerstone of the culture. So crucial was xenia to the Greeks that it was the domain of Zeus, the king of the gods—and the protector of strangers. In myths, Zeus zealously watched over how hosts treated guests and how guests showed them gratitude. The Greeks believed that it would offend Zeus himself if welcome was denied to a stranger that This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars of Hosting: Belonging What can the concept of “moral sympathy” teach us about effective hosting? Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars Of Hosting: Empathy Amy Alkon applies her brand of blunt advice to empathetic hosting. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Table Textiles Swatch, sample and swap with abandon. Until the scissors come out, nothing’s off the table. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars of Hosting: Entertainment Storytelling virtuoso Bobette Buster on the art of the anecdote. Arts & Culture Issue 30 At Work With: Charlotte Wilde A wine bar doyenne instructs on how to throw a party fit for Bacchus in your own home. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars Of Hosting: Comfort What if informal gatherings make us more etiquette conscious, not less?