- Alternate Character Interpretation: This has been going on or centuries. Later writers tend to be much more sympathetic to the Trojan side, especially Hector. Another example is Thersites, who is portrayed in the Iliad as a cowardly weakling. In Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida by contrast, he is still a coward but also the only character who recognizes how ridiculous the entire conflict really is.
- Fanon Discontinuity: A particularly harsh example; the books aside from The Iliad and The Odyssey were so disliked that they don't even exist anymore.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Zeus basically sets off the whole Trojan War in order to trim down the world's population. He's clearly gotten lazy over the last three thousand-odd years, seeing as the human population has grown much, much, much, much larger than it was either before or after the conflict.
- Prequelitis: Aristotle criticised the work as lacking focus, as it was more of a series of events than a unified story. The Iliad and The Odyssey are considered superior works.