Saw you said you were reading the Iliad and thought i could help.
Don't worry I read it so many times since I was young and all those times I was confused. But you can listen to it as well on YouTube.
What ever is good for you:) This is just some points i made when i came to my fifth attempt at reading it.
Ok Any good translation of the Iliad would, of course be, the first book you should read in this regard.
Get a copy with out too many footnotes, and keep at your side a good dictionary of Greek mythological terms.(DO NOT IGNORE, REALLY HELPS)
Don’t skip over names and places that you don’t know, look them up in your dictionary You will be accustomed to them before you are halfway done.
Homer expected that his readers would be familiar with the characters and places, so his narrative requires quite a bit of foreknowledge to be understood.
Always read the original sources if you can, modern commentators can mislead you with their personal opinions.
Reading the Iliad itself will help you form your own opinion, then you can consult the footnoters with a grain of salt and tequila (if you are legal)
Good luck and i really hope this helped