The most famous epic poetry works like the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the Odyssey,

from famous modern and ancient epic poets like Homer, Ovid, Dante, John Milton and others.
The Iliad

The Iliad

Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.

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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.

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Beowulf

Beowulf

Beowulf is the conventional title of an Old English epic poem consisting of 3182 lines. Set in Scandinavia, the oldest ...

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Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from Mesopotamia considered as the first great work of literature.

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Epic Definition

An epic in its most specific sense is a genre of classical poetry originating in Greece known as epic poetry. However in modern terms, epic is often extended to other art forms, such as theatre, films, music ...

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What is Epic Poetry?

Epic Poetry is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily concerning details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation. The Homeric epics, the earliest works of Western literature, were fundamentally...

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Why Read the Clasics ?

Why are The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid worth reading? Ultimately, ancient epics are menus for all tastes. They are masterpieces and have lasted this long for a reason.

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Epic Poems Examples

Ovid Metamorphoses
Ovid, Metamorphoses

Summary & Analysis

The Metamorphoses is a Latin narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid, considered his magnum opus.

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Dante The Divine Comedy
Dante, The Divine Comedy

Summary & Analysis

The Divine Comedy is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between c. 1308 and his death in 1321.

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Mahabharata
Mahabharata, indian epic

Summary & Analysis

The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana.

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The Learning of Odyssey

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The goal of this website is to offer a general overview of epic poetry as a genre. You will also find links to more specialized literary topics and to individual essential works for students of English literature such the Iliad, the Odyssey and others.

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