I've read the Odyssey a few months ago and I've just finished "The Iliad", I wish I'd read The Iliad first, the way it should be read!!! What a story and it's only about 3,000 years old give or take a few years, this way or that... And it's a page turner too, I enjoyed every page and if you have a chance to read it don't let it slip past without reading it. If you have never heard of The Iliad or The Odyssey, do yourself a huge favour and read both, "The Iliad" first, then "The Odyssey". The Iliad is the story of Achilles, a Greek Hero of the Trojan War and "The Iliad" is the story of the Trojan War and Achilles plus a few others :). This is the story (and in Greek Mythology also) of the Trojan War, Prince Achilles, Prince Odysseus, King Menelaus, Helen of Troy, Prince Paris & Prince Hector of Troy, and of course "The Trojan Horse", these are the principals of this story. The Hero's of the Ten (10) Year Trojan War. Achilles was made invulnerable by being dipped into the Styx River (the river of the dead) as a baby by his Mother, she held onto Achilles by his heels, by his "Achilles Heels" (which is where we get the medical term for "Achilles Heels") everywhere the water touched Achilles became invulnerable and the only part of Achilles which was not invulnerable were his "Achilles Heels" where his mother held onto him to stop him from being swept away, Achilles killed the Trojan Hero "Hector" before being fatally wounded in the heel with an arrow fired by Paris who was the brother of Hector. The Trojan War was started because Paris fell in love with Helen and then abducted Helen (who later became known as "Helen of Troy", the woman who launched a thousand ships), Helen was the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, Menelaus was Insulted by this act and asked all the Kings and Princes of the Greek City-States to sail with him to wage War on Troy, so Menelaus could reclaim his Honour, his Wife, and to defeat the great City-State of Troy, after ten (10) years the Greeks were no closer to defeating Troy than they were on the first day of the War, the Trojan City Walls were too strong, so Odysseus of the Greeks devised a plan to defeat the Trojans, the Greeks made a great wooden horse (a Trojan Horse) as a gift for the Trojans and pretended to sail away, well to cut a long story short, the Greeks defeated the Trojans and rest is history... It's a wonderful story, a story of Greek Gods, Men, Politics, Honour, Love & War along with a few other things, read it, you won't regret it. And when you finish it, give "The Odyssey" a go.
PS: "The Odyssey" is the story of Odysseus on his journey home from the Trojan War. Both are great stories. Good Luck and Enjoy.