University dropout Brad Pitt has apparently succeeded where countless educators have failed - teaching teens around the world that Homer doesn't just refer to Bart Simpson's clueless father. All the hype surrounding Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy, which opened on Thursday, has even helped to sell a few more copies of the Iliad and the Odyssey, according to Page One and the Commercial Press book chains, although neither has quite made it onto the best-sellers' list. 'We have had to replace a few copies, which usually just sit on the shelves for months, if not years,' a Commercial Press store manager said. This all brings back (bad) memories of a Greek class your humble scribe once took at university, and a final exam involving a puzzling episode between Agamemnon and a fuming Achilles at the end of the war. The Homeric exchange goes something like this. Agamemnon: 'Doh! I slept with your girl? But ... I guess the gods made me do it.' Achilles: 'The gods, really? That's okay then. I know exactly what that's like. No worries.' The Swift One then took off without making a scene. This was pretty much my translation at the time. My teachers weren't impressed. Nevertheless, these classics grow on you, and I still find myself puzzling over the crafty king's sorry excuse now and then. Despite its success, I don't think its been repeated in the annuals of infidelity.