Weavers of deception and keepers of morality in Homer's “Odyssey”

Danyelle Sherita Huffam, Fayetteville State University


Though women play a key role in Homer's Odyssey, attention remains focused on the male heroes. Women are portrayed as potential weavers of deception, keepers of morality, and helpers to dominant male characters. The Odyssey also portrays aspects of women's life patterns, psychological relations and the societal constraints placed upon them by Greek culture. Values present in The Odyssey shape the actions of the characters as well as the issues and ideologies that were important to Greek culture and society; these aspects are also present in Greek myth. Time shows that much has not changed in the roles of women, nor in the expectations a given society has of women.

Subject Area

Classical studies

Recommended Citation

Huffam, Danyelle Sherita, "Weavers of deception and keepers of morality in Homer's “Odyssey”" (2005). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. AAI1462879.