Elon Musk's enthusiastic post about the Iliad and his favourite character

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Fascinated with the story of the Iliad, Elon Musk made two posts in a few days about the Iliad, while also revealing his favourite character.

"The incredibly captivating story that is The Iliad was meant to be spoken, so listen to it," the tech mogul wrote yesterday in a post on X (formerly Twitter), repeating the recommendation he made ten days ago to his followers to prefer the audiobook.

In his post yesterday, Musk included a clip from the 2004 film Troy , directed by Wolfgang Petersen and written by David Benioff, showing "Priam tearfully supplicates himself to Achilles for the return of the body of his beloved son," as he writes in the caption.

In fact, in his response to a commenter on the post, the 52-year-old pointed out that his favourite character from the Homeric epic is Odysseus.

In another post yesterday, which included the link to the Homeric epic in English from the Penguin Classic series, Musk called the Iliad "Best story ever."

Meanwhile, Elon Musk — who Ukrainian officials recently blasted for blocking an attack on Russia's Black Sea Fleet — derided the success of Ukraine's summer counteroffensive on Sunday.

"So much death for so little," Musk wrote in a post on X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday.

Musk was responding to venture capitalist David Sacks' thread on the topic.

Sacks first started the thread on June 19, arguing that the counteroffensive "is failing to achieve any of its originally stated objectives" of rolling back Russia's territorial gains and kickstarting peace negotiations.

Sacks has been updating his thread frequently with articles on the subject. The September 17 post Musk was responding to appeared to be a map of Ukraine, with the caption: "UPDATE: "Ukrainian territorial gains from their much-vaunted counteroffensive [highlighted in blue] are so miniscule they can barely be seen on a map."

Musk, for his part, has weighed in many times on the war in Ukraine.

In October 2022, Musk posted a peace plan proposal on X. This plan involved Ukraine recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea and "remaining neutral" by not joining NATO.

Musk's idea drew widespread condemnation from Ukrainian officials at the time, with Ukrainian diplomat Andrii Melnyk telling the billionaire to "fuck off."

Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to the minister of internal affairs in Ukraine, said Musk's pro-Russia stance made it seem like the Russians had hacked his social media account.

Musk also effectively sabotaged a Ukrainian attack on Russia's navy vessels last year when he refused to turn on access to the SpaceX-run Starlink satellites, per an excerpt from the Walter Isaacson-penned biography about Musk.

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