Mar 1, 2012
War between the Trojans and the Greeks is like the battle for my Internet service between the cable company and the phone company. Neither side has moral righteousness, nobody is ever going to be declared the winner, and people are constantly getting stabbed.
Yet despite the high level of stabbing, the Iliad is mostly about being boring. There are endless lists of people and where they're from, none of which are important to the story. There are speeches on speeches, mostly about how everybody should just keep fighting, just keep fighting. And the hunting analogies. Oh the hunting analogies!
Fortunately, even this great work of the Western canon, isn't safe from our ability to sleep through something and then make fun of it.