Greek Code of Conduct
Stay obedient to the God's
DO NOT treat the Gods without respect: On p.737 "Disobedience angers the sun God, ... Zeus sends down a thunderbolt to sink Odysseus' ship."
Always be welcoming of guests
DO NOT be unwelcoming to guests: Polyphemus is the anti-example of a good host and does not welcome Odysseus to his home.
Keep a strong body and strong mind
DO NOT become flustered when one attempts to one up you: When Odysseus encountered Polyphemus, he was seen as a killer and seemed very aloof. Because of this impression, Odysseus had an easier time defeating him.
Keep good over evil in mind
DO NOT use evil on your side: In book 12, "That nightmare cannot die, being eternal evil itself--horror, and pain, and chaos; there is no fighting her, no power can fight her..." In this conversation, Circe represents good and fighting against Scylla is bad.
Always defend the homeland
DO NOT let someone take the leads in your home: In book 1, "[Telemachus] was sitting with the suitors, his heart troubled, picturing in his mind how his noble father might get back, scatter the suitors from his home, win honor for himself, and regain control of his own household."
Stay loyal to your men
DO NOT put your crew in danger: On p.911 Odysseys says to the Polythemus "If ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus raider of cities, took your eye."