This was much easier to pay attention to than the Divine Comedy. Honestly, I kept expecting to hear the story of the Trojan Horse but (SPOILER) that's not this story.

These guys definitely strove for honor above all else. They even cared about what happened to their bodies after they died. I just finished reading Humilitas and it mentioned how humility was despised back in this time...nowhere near the virtue that it is today.  Definitely true in this story. Poor Achilles was so upset that the king took a woman from him that he refused to fight with his allies, even after the king tried to apologize and give the girl back.  Achilles definitely has some pride issues.

One thing I couldn't get over is how much these guys would say to each other in battle. I know it's a story, but it seems if you're fighting on the front lines with someone, you wouldn't be making 2-minute long boasts about how some god helped them evade a spear or how you think they'll not put you in the grave just yet because of something or other about their ancestors. These guys were always making speeches.

Another thing. That whole thing about grown men not crying? These guys were hardcore warriors, and they were bawling all the time! We don't really understand anymore what 'mourning' really entailed back them. But it definitely involved a lot of tears.

What really threw me off towards the end was the impromptu athletic games Achilles sponsors after defeating Hector. Wikipedia calls them 'funeral games' so... I guess that's what's up. Still felt out of place; I thought I had missed a portion of the audiobook. It also ended really abruptly after Hector's burial. No "this is the end of The Iliad. We hope you have enjoyed listening..." trailer. I thought it was cut off, but again, no, that's the end of the story.  Wait!! What happens next?!  I know the Odyssey is about Odessius's trip home after the war... maybe there's something else (anyone reading this can now know how dreadfully ignorant I am of the Greek classics.  At least I'm trying to make up for lost time!)