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epic in Latin by Virgil; tells the adventures of Aeneas after the Trojan War; provides an illustrious historical background for the Roman Empire Aeneid
mother and earth goddess in Gilgamish epic; identified with Sumerian Ki and Ninkhursag Aruru
legendary hero of an anonymous Old English epic poem composed in the early 8th century; he slays a monster and becomes king but dies fighting a dragon Beowulf
German dramatist and poet who developed a style of epic theater (1898-1956) Bertolt Brecht , Brecht
(Hinduism) the sacred `song of God' composed about 200 BC and incorporated into the Mahabharata (a Sanskrit epic); contains a discussion between Krishna and the Indian hero Arjuna on human nature and the purpose of life Bhagavad-Gita , Bhagavadgita , Gita
conventional name for a bear used in tales following usage in the old epic `Reynard the Fox' bruin
(Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry Calliope
United States film maker remembered for his extravagant and spectacular epic productions (1881-1959) Cecil B. DeMille , Cecil Blount DeMille , DeMille
Old French epic poems chanson de geste
narrative epic poem written by Dante Divina Commedia , Divine Comedy
Norse epic or saga edda
hero of a Spanish epic poem from the 12th century El Cid
body of poetry that conveys the traditions of a society by treating some epic theme epos
legendary Sumerian king who was the hero of an epic collection of mythic stories Gilgamesh
ancient Greek epic poet who is believed to have written the Iliad and the Odyssey (circa 850 BC) Homer
Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the siege of Troy Iliad
English poet; remembered primarily as the author of an epic poem describing humanity's fall from grace (1608-1674) John Milton , Milton
(Hinduism) a sacred epic Sanskrit poem of India dealing in many episodes with the struggle between two rival families Mahabharata , Mahabharatam , Mahabharatum
epic poem written in Middle High German and based on the legends of Siegfried and Teutonic kings Nibelungenlied
Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy Odyssey
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