Greek Code of Conduct

Sophia Abbott

Stay obedient to the God's

DO follow the God's advice: "lifting our hands to Zeus, powerless."


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 practice hospitality: On p.109, "This is no way Alcinous, how indecent, look, our guest is on the ground, in the ashes by the fire...come raise him up and seat the stranger now in a silver studded chair, and tell the heralds to mix more wine."


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 practice wisdom: On p.56 "Your fathers son you are-your words have all his wisdom."


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 believe the God's to be good: On p.910 "You shameless cannibal, daring to eat you guests in your own house so Zeus and the other gods have paid you back."


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 put your home first: On p. 960, "Odysseus and his men, seize this opportunity to launch their own attack, and the suitors begin to fall."


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 put your crews safety over everything: In book 12, Odysseus says: "Friends, have we never been in danger before this? More fearsome, is it, now, than when the Cyclops penned us in his cave? What power he had! Did I not keep my nerve, and use my wits to find a way out for us? Now I say by hook or crook this peril too shall be something that we remember."


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."