According to 5/4th century norms and values, Euphiletus presents himself as a both to a good husband and good citizen up to a point where it was considered he made mistakes which lead to Eratosthenes seducing his young wife.
Firstly, Euphiletus presented himself as a good husband from the very start of their marriage, where he didn’t want to ‘annoy her’ so he had left her to herself however he ‘kept an eye on her,’ so she was unable to ‘have her own way’. This showed the Euphiletus was caring, treating her to standard expected behaviour in 5/4th century Athens by allowing her to settle down but also keeping her in her place. Secondly, Euphiletus explains how he had trusted his after the birth of their first child by showing affection by putting her in charge ...view middle of the document...
All these imply he was too trusting which lead her to being succumbed to Eratosthenes's wishes.
Also, Euphiletus also presents himself as good citizen. From the account Euphiletus gives, one can see that he must have belonged to a higher social class in Athens. He mentions that his house is made up of two floors, with the women residing on the top floor and the men on the bottom. The family must have been fairly well off to have the servants and maids Euphiletus mentions in his story, as well as the loyal friends willing to come with him to catch Eratosthenes and his wife committing adultery. He knew Athenian law well. Evidence of this comes from his description of how the Athenian people should view his crime as one of stopping people from transgressing against their neighbours, taking action immediately, and refusing Eratosthenes offer of money while making a speech to show he was administering the law. He expected the Athenians to view him as a good citizen carrying out the laws of the city: “For I am now risking the loss of life, property and all else that I have, because I obeyed the city’s laws.” As a man with some influence among his neighbours, Euphiletus felt he could make such a claim. However, Euphiletus did allow his wife too much freedom which lead to him killing his wife’s lover
In conclusion, Euphiletus did present himself as both a good husband and good citizen to an extent due to his naivety and not keeping his eye on his wife. However, Euphiletus makes up for his mistakes by by persuading the jury that Eratosthene was to blame because it was ‘his profession’ and using this to justify murder as it benefitted athens meaning Eratosthene was unable to seduce other Athenian men’s wives.