Most excellent answer, Crystal. (And good alternative, Melissa.)
You know, I don't think of Homer as being "about" the Greek gods. I wish I was home to pick the Children's Homer up off my shelves and double-check that version, but my son read that in 4th, read the Sutcliff versions in about 7th, and of course the real thing in 9th with AHL. And to me, it's several things but I' m pretty sure I wouldn't classify it as a book about gods.
I do see it as a history book, with the traditional tales of Greece (and the Trojan War led directly to the founding of Rome, according to these traditions). I know it's not certain, but personally I suspect the Trojan War was a true event. And the descriptions of historical events are always going to be interwoven with worldview - from views on religious things to views on heroism.
I also see it as a literature book. It's set in a historical time period, but it tells a story, and especially in the original version, it tells it in a "historical way" (a very long poem, read aloud). The Children's Homer version starts with the part that I think is very funny - Odysseus's wife has a house full of suitors who want to take over since he's been gone for 20 years! Some of the fantastical events on Odysseus's way home read more like a story than like any kind of theology.
And, I see it as an apologetics. I think each of us called to teach and shelter and expose our children according to their needs. But I grew up being told what to believe, so I was very vulnerable to other people who told me to believe other things. So I wanted to raise my children by saying, here, this is what we believe, it's all here, open The Book and know. And here, this is what their heroes behave like, what their hope is. Open it up (well, the children's stories at this point) and compare. You will not need to spend much time wondering which is true. You will not be deceived when college mates tell you that all beliefs are the same, that all ancient stories cover the same things, or that others are better.
P.S. I was writing my own little study for my high schoolers on how these Greek/Roman beliefs are all around us *today* --and I was astounded at how these references are woven in and out of the names of our cars, our planets, our geographical names. I ended up feeling even more strongly that just as Paul knew the Greek beliefs, we also can benefit, even today, from understanding what those names represent in our world.
Julie, married 29 yrs, finding our way without Shane
Reid (21) college student; used MFW 3rd-12th grades (2004-2014)
Alexandra (29) mother; hs from 10th grade (2002)
Travis (32) engineer; never hs