The Diseased Household in the Odyssey

G. Badger - N. Grabavoy - E. Hirsch - N. Louzon

One of the major thrusts of the Odyssey is, of course, the decay of the household in Odysseus' absence. This is typified by the total breakdown of normal household structure. There's no present authority figure; the sanctity of marriage is threatened; and social taboos against courting a married woman or running through someone else's household goods are defied with impunity.

Head of Odysseus from Sperlonga
(Odysseus, the eternal sufferer. Image source: Classical image collections at the University of New Zealand)

Click on the image to continue.

Of course, if you prefer a more straightforward form of navigation:
1.) Abuse of xenia
2.) Bad service
3.) Absence of authority
4.) Sanctity of marriage
Links