The Statutes of the Mediterrannean
Gavin Lord of the Universe Mikayla Student 406 Ally Thing 1
First Rule of Law: Thou must be Hospitable
DO NOT: "Here we stand, beholden for your help, or nay gifts you give-- as custom is to honor strangers." (902) Polyphemus is reluctant to help Odysseus and his crew.
Second Rule of Law: Thou must not practice Adultery
DO NOT: "She swore at once,as I demanded, and after she had sworn and bound herself, I entered Circe's bed of love."(921)
Third Rule of Law: Thou must not Trespass
DO NOT: "Ill go across with my ship and crew and probe the natives living over there." Odysseus and his men go to the Cyclops island uninvited, which is trespassing.
fourth rule of law: Thou shalt obey and respect the greek gods
DO:" Leave the last word to the gods-they're much stronger." (book 22) Odysseus knows the gods are stronger and have more control over his battle between the suitors. Odysseus respects the god's power.
DO NOT: " Eurylochus did not agree, and he and his men feasted for days on Helios's cattle."(book 12) Odysseus's men disregard Helios's power and feast on his cattle despite being warned.
fifthRule of Law: Thou must not Overindulge
DO NOT: As a result of Polyphemus' overindulgence in wine, "[they] bored the great eye socket while blood ran out around the red hot bar.(904-6)"
sixth rule of law: Thou shalt not leave another man behind
DO: Penelope does not leave or forget about Odysseus even when he has been gone for so long. She continues to have hope for his return.(book 21)
DO NOT: Odysseus puts himself in front of all his men and lets them die for him(book 23)