Nothing about this epic poem is making me care. Lemme 'splain- The Iliad is a slice of the Trojan War pie, so when the reader enters into the scene the war has already been going on for a bit. Paris has already taken Helen away from the angry, angry Greeks and now the angry, angry Greeks are outside of Troy trying to make with the killing and the plundering and the hey hey. They have Achilles, The Greatest Killer/Plunderer/Hey Hey Hey-er in the history of same, but he's refusing to fight because another Greek stole his slave girl. So Angry Greek One is all "Gimme That Slave Girl" and Achilles is all "Hells to the No" and Angry Greek One is all "Except Yes" so Achilles is all "FINE BUT I AM GOING TO SPEND THE NEXT 200 PAGES SULKING WHILE YOU TALK ABOUT BRONZE ARMOR." And that is what has happened thus far.
Don't get me wrong, there has been much killing. Lots of "and the bronze spear went through his left nipple and the life went out of him," and "the bronze spear went through his helment and spilled his brains, and the life went out of him," etc. If your jam is battle scenes, THIS IS THE EPIC THING FOR YOU. There are also lots of interferences from the gods (their familial squabbling provides some of the most interesting parts thus far), and ONE very tender and small scene between Hector and his little family, just before he goes to war (there's also a small scene with Helen and Paris where Helen is essentially "Paris, you are a little bitch. Go defend your city because people are dying and it's your fault" which endears me to her a bit). Other than that, it's killings and very long speeches, Old Testament style.
THAT IS NOT TO SAY that the poetry isn't beautiful because it is. It's just a chore, and I'm sort of bored, and I'm hoping that Achilles decides to get over the slave girl thing and kick some ass here soon. SO. Verdict at the halfway point: pretty words, lots of death-but-not-interesting-death, Achilles is a Whiny McWhinerson for being such an Epic Soldier of Great Renown.