"there is nothing better or finer than when two people of one heart and mind keep house as man and wife, a grief to their enemies and a joy to their friends, and their reputation spreads far and wide."

Domestic scene: a slave presents a baby to its mother, red-figure lekythos, ca.470-60 BC
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeDomestic scene: a slave presents a baby to its mother, red-figure lekythos, ca.470-60 BC - Credit: Marsyas/Wikimedia Commons
This is an important sentiment as it is the main theme of The Odyssey. These are the values in life that Homer is instructing his audience to hold dear: partnership, family, friends, and a good reputation. The Odyssey is a moral poem designed to teach its audience certain lessons, and as a result is a very different sort of epic to The Iliad. It is more concerned with living a harmonious and good life than with war and battles.