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The epic is a broadly defined genre of poetry, which retells in a continuous narrative the life and works of a heroic person or group of heroic persons either historical or mythical. The Iliad and Odyssey are often named as examples. The first epics are associated strongly with the oral poetic tradition; literate societies have often copied the format, and the first and most obvious example is the Aeneid, following the style and subject matter of Homer.

Notable epic poems, in chronological order:

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