The guardian or protector of the law of hospitality. The title of dii hospitalis is applied to a distinct class of gods, though their names are not mentioned.1 The great protector of hospitality is Jupiter, at Rome called Jupiter Hospitalis and by the Greeks Zeus Xenius (Ζεὺς ξένιος).2



  1. Tacitus. Annales xv, 52; Livy. The History of Rome xxxix, 51; Ovid. Metamorphoses v, 45.
  2. Servius on Virgil's Aeneid i, 140; Cicero. Letters to his brother Quintus ii, 12; Homer. Odyssey xiv, 389.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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