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Gifting (Guest>host, Host>guest) when invited to dine

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Ave Civitas,

I have a question about gifting.

Now-a-days is it proper for a guest to bring a gift to a host when invited (to dinner, perhaps).
Was it proper during the Later Roman Empire (4th-5th century) for the guest to bring a gift to a host when invited, or for the host to present a gift when a guest arrived?

And what if the guest is a client of the host?  Would that change protocol?

Again, thank you in advance.

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