Miriam T. Griffin (ed.), Seneca on Society: A Guide to De Beneficiis
(1.) 14. 1 convivam dantis epulum (guest of the host of a public banquet). Seneca returns again to the question of individual gratitude for communal benefits at 4. 28. 2 and 6. 19. There, however, it is benefits of the gods to the human race, which cannot exclude unworthy individuals, or grants of grain or of citizenship given by the Emperor, where individual recipients cannot be selected. Here the gifts need not be given to many at once (at an inn), and even when they are (at a public banquet), the giver can make the gift personally and distinguish between recipients. Seneca clearly does not have euergetism in mind.