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Copy of Epic Poetry

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Barbaria Prince

on 13 May 2013

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EPIC A long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical hero. What is an Epic? An epic may deal with such various subjects as myths, heroic legends, histories, edifying religious tales, animal stories, or philosophical or moral theories. Epic poetry has been and continues to be used by peoples all over the world to transmit their traditions from one generation to another, without the aid of writing. These traditions frequently consist of legendary narratives about the glorious deeds of their national heroes. What are the characteristics of an Epic? What is the purpose of an Epic? Where did it come from? The earliest known epic poetry is that of the Sumerians. Its origin has been traced to a preliterate heroic age, not later than 3000 bce, when the Sumerians had to fight, under the direction of a warlike aristocracy, for possession of this fertile Mesopotamian land. Among the extant literature of this highly gifted people are fragments of narrative poems recounting the heroic deeds of their early kings: Enmerkar, Lugalbanda, and Gilgamesh. Ancient Epics
20th to 10th century BC: Epic of Gilgamesh
Written on twelve tablets. between 20th and 5th centuries BC Hindu mythology The Mahabharata Veda Vyasa 8th to 6th century BC Homer Hesiod Iliad Odyssey Works and Days Theogony Greek mythology Catalogue of Women The Shield of Heracles 3rd century BC:
Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes
2nd century BC:
Annales by Quintus Ennius (Roman History)
1st century BC:
Latin mythology
Virgil Aeneid Lucretius De rerum natura 1st century AD Ovid Metamorphoses The Middle Ages 8th to 10th century:
Beowulf 12th Century Chanson de Roland Dante Divine Comedy Modern epics (from 1500) Ludovico Ariosto Orlando Furioso 16th Century 17th Century John Milton Paradise Regained Paradise Lost References
Encyclopedia Britannica

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