The structure of hospitality type-scenes in Homer and Hittite mythology
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This thesis compares the structure of hospitality scenes in the Homeric poems and Hittite mythological texts. In both traditions, hospitality scenes are type-scenes. That is, they have a conventional, recurring narrative structure and conventional, recurring phraseology. Hittite and Homeric type-scenes share several elements of narrative structure, most notably the prominence of feasts in which visitors and hosts participate together. Other elements are characteristic of Homeric or Hittite hospitality scenes, most notably the conventional Homeric description of the host’s activities, and the two traditions appear independent on the phraseological level. However, the same set of common elements also appears in hospitality scenes from Ugaritic epic, confirming its origin in a shared regional pool of conventions.