Did Homer like eating fish? The direct consumption of fish only appears a handful of times in the two ancient epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey. Homer brings fish up three times as often to describe them as bloodthirsty monsters, “ravenous” for human flesh. When his heroes do eat fish they do it out of bare necessity. In Book 4 of The Odyssey, Menelaus and his men are pictured “fishing with bent hooks, for hunger pinched their bellies”.