Adam Nicolson’s book on Homer, and why he matters, overflows with power, confidence and the joy of self-discovery

Greeks have been fiddling the books ever since Agamemnon. Where else do you find such private generosity and public irresponsibility?

Last Saturday’s Guardian had a good piece by Charlotte Higgins on the contemporary relevance of The Iliad.  Although it is interesting, the article makes some comparisons that are overly simplistic and should instead have concentrated more on looking at the emotional and psychological effects of ancient and modern war, rather than trying to highlight any political similarities.