Hospitality dimensions: ancient and classical origins

Kevin D. O'Gorman

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    This paper presents a summary of findings from a continuing investigation into the historical origins of hospitality in the ancient (up to c. 500BC) and classical (c. 500 BC to c. 500AD) worlds, focussing mainly on the Greek and Roman civilisations. After considering the etymology of hospitality, the paper goes on to explore: hospitality and mythology; hospitality and the household; public hospitality; commercial hospitality, and hospitality in contemporaneous religious writings. The evaluation of the outcomes leads to the identification of five dimensions of hospitality (honourable tradition; fundamental to human existence; stratified; diversified and, central to human endeavour), which have been evolving from the beginning of human history.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event14th Annual CHME Hospitality Research Conference - University of Bournemouth, Bournemouth
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


    Conference14th Annual CHME Hospitality Research Conference
    CityUniversity of Bournemouth, Bournemouth
    Period1/01/00 → …


    • hospitality
    • history
    • leisure


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