It’s an ancient text so characterization and what not is vastly not what a modern reader is use to. That said, it is worth a read, and can be read rather quickly. Sanders seems to be correct because a reader who is familiar with the epics and heroes that come after can see the root here. It is, in some ways, the first gay love story. (Yes, I know that it is a misreading, but honesty, I can see it).