The Iliad, Improved

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Rumpus head illustrator Jason Novak has another cool panorama over at The Paris Review. Titled The Iliad, Improved,” Novak puts his own spin on the Greek epic:

“I’d originally intended to treat the story without embellishment but just couldn’t allow poor Ajax to fall on his own sword at the end. Homer’s world is populated with people driven by mad and almost childlike uncontrollable passions. They did not reflect deeply on their actions. When I think social media has just about driven me bonkers and start lamenting modern times, I need only consider the senseless, sensation-drunk world of the Iliad and Odyssey to realize that every age on record has been frantically moving toward self-destruction.”


Rebecca Rubenstein is the interviews editor for The Rumpus and a contributing editor for STET, a writers' journal on culture and technology. When not reading books made of paper, she can be found thinking aloud on Twitter. She resides in San Francisco. More from this author →