Originally Posted by Kevin8or
I don't suppose I can persuade you to postpone The Iliad and instead begin with The Epic of Gilgamesh. I'd forgotten about Gilgamesh, which pre-dates Homer by a couple thousand years.
There are recent translations that are putatively superior to what was available 30 years ago. They've improved both accuracy and "readability".
I think we've got to forge ahead with The Iliad
as planned, but I wouldn't be averse to reading Gilgamesh, which would be entirely new to me, later on.