Today´s quotation is from Alexandria by Lindsey Davis.
Never be a guest. Hospitality may be the noblest social tradition of Greece and Rome, possibly of Egypt too, but stick it straight back in the sweaty armpit of whatever helpful relative want to bore you to death with his army stories, or the very old friend of your father who hopes to interest you in his new invention – whichever menace has invited you to share his inconvenient foreign house. Pay your way in an honest mansio. Preserve your integrity. Keep the right to shout get lost!
From Alexandria by Lindsey Davis