There is a big dif­fer­ence between mod­ern lit­er­a­ture and ancient Greek lit­er­a­ture. We may sali­vate over the lusty, poetic style of Greek clas­sics but their sub­tlety isn’t typ­i­cally in the con­tent. When some­one dies in a Greek epic, you know it. In a mod­ern or con­tem­po­rary clas­sic, sit­u­a­tions and states of life and death are often unclear at best, and Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls is a good exam­ple of that, whether or not you’ve read it. Per­spec­tives over the ages have become more and more spe­cific to indi­vid­ual expe­ri­ence and the author’s insis­tence on keep­ing us in an inter­pre­tive mode. I per­son­ally feel that if Zeus were to read some mod­ern day clas­sics he would be sorely disappointed.