Homer’s epic poem The Iliad is being read aloud in its entirety in a one-off cultural event hosted by The British Museum and The Almeida.
The marathon reading, which can be streamed live on The Almeida website, features readings of the classic from actors including Mark Gatiss, Rory Kinnear, Sinéad Cusack, Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw.
While listening to 16 hours of dactylic hexameter may not be for everyone, the performance has got many Classics and theatre fans excited, with #Iliad becoming a worldwide trend on Twitter.
Take a look at the reaction from culture vultures:
I AM BESIDE MYSELF THIS IS TOO MUCH #iliad— Sarah Perry (@SarahGPerry) August 14, 2015
I read (& loved!) the #Iliad when I was at college. I probably would've paid more attention if Brian Cox was reading it. This is brilliant!— Beth Lewis (@bethklewis) August 14, 2015
Sound of Homer's words booming throughout the Great Court quite incredible. General public starting to arrive to visit the museum now #Iliad— Emma Cole (@Emma_Cole1) August 14, 2015
BRIAN COX is terrifying!!! #Iliad— Lucy (@LucyLyons) August 14, 2015
The The Iliad live reading will continue throughout the day at the British Museum's Great Court before moving to the Almedia in Islington at 8pm.Reuse content