There’s a word in the Oxford English Dictionary: xenium, plural xenia.
It means a present, usually food, “given to a guest or stranger”. It’s derived from the ancient Greek belief that one should be kind to strangers.
So much of our architecture and legal system is rooted in Neoclassicism but we’ve lost one of the ancient world’s most deeply held beliefs.
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