Greek Code of Conduct

Good things come to those who follow the rules

Rule #1: Citizens are REQUIRED to stay faithful to their spouse.

DO: Take after Penelope, Odysseus's "dear wife, clear and faithful" (p. 964).

DO NOT: Be like Odysseus when he was unfaithful to his wife Penelope, and "entered Circes flawless bed of love" (p. 921).

RULE #2: Citizens MUST obey any requests made by the Gods.

DO: "Make sacred offerings to the immortal gods who hold wide heaven, to all of them in order" (p. 213).

DO NOT: Steal from the gods because "disobedience angers the sun god, who threatens to stop shining if payment is not made" for the cattle that Odysseus took (p. 937).

RULE #3: Citizen should NEVER over indulge.

DO: Realize when you've had enough, like when Eurylochus tell Odysseus to "shake off this trance and think of home" (Book 10).

DO NOT: Act as Odysseus did when he visited Circe's Island and feasted over the course of one year, ultimately delaying his journey home.

Rule #4: Citizens shall provide necessities for those who are traveling.

DO: Treat visitors how Circe treated Odysseus' men when she "gently bathed, anointed with sweet oil, and dressed afresh in tunics and new coats with fleecy linings" (924).

DO NOT: Act like Polyphemus when he turned down Odysseus and his men when they were on the island in need of a place to stay and food to eat (902).

Rule #5: Always protect yourself and others when faced with evil.

DO: Act in a similar manner as Odysseus when he "rushes to save his men from the enchantress" and ignores Eurylochus's advice to abandon them.

DO NOT: Give up on your men like Odysseus did when he led all his men to death after they encountered the Scylla and Charybdis (937).

Rule #6: Only harm those who are a threat to you and others' safety.

DO: Be like Odysseus when he protected himself and the rest of his men from being eaten by the Cyclops by shoving "the pike... deep in his crater eye" (906).

DO NOT: Harm people that pose no threat to your safety, like Odysseus did when he killed all of the suitors, who had not done any wrong (960).

By: Rachel Gileza & Megan Eberius