I never read The Iliad in high-school, though I know a few people who did. It seems like being told to read a book in high-school is a surefire way to be sure that no one will want anything to do with it.
Don’t pay any attention to that.
Read this book. In fact, try reading it out loud, the way the story was meant to be told.
The Iliad, if you don’t know, follows the story of the ancient heroes who battled at Troy for Helen, the most beautiful woman alive. Do the names Achilles, Agamemnon, Ajax, Odysseus, and Hector ring any bells? All are present at the battle for Troy, though most of the poem focuses on Achilles. Never since has a battle been so epically described, with each hero allowed his kleos, his glory and immortal fame. This book, along with the Odyssey is considered a classic for more than one reason. Give it a try, and discover the ancient Greek world in a way like no other man’s songs can show.