Trent Roman wrote:
That said, I don't think variations in literature (particularly one already so bloody-minded as the Iliad) can account for the MU's divergeance, nor do I think they necessary indicate when the timeline diverged. I think it's possible and I daresay likely that a civilization like this one would have no problem going back and editing classic works of literature to something more to their taste.
Fictitiously yours, Trent Roman
That was my take on it. A large scale Ministry of Truthesque rewrite of all major literature.
I think there was a line in the book stating that the divergence started around the time of the Eugenics Wars, but I could be misremembering.