Hey, I just studied the Iliad and the Odyssey in school, and I realized that the two stories had to be the inspiration for book 2 and book 5 of the Percy Jackson series!
Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters is pretty much the Odyssey modernized, and with new characters. Percy and his friends must sail through the sea and encounter Circe, Polyphemus, and Scylla and Charybdis. There is even the little part about stalling a wedding, using the weaving of a bridal train!
The final book of P.J. and the Iliad also share striking similarities, sometimes right down to the little details! I won't give any examples..... but let me just say some major plot pieces are stolen right from Homer's work!
I just thought that was really cool, for you Percy Jackson fans.....