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World Encyclopedia

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
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61 words

Long, narrative poem in grandiose style. The earliest known form of Greek literature, epics were originally used to transmit history ...

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009

a heroic narrative, adapting or constructing a public *mythology [36] in and for a specific culture, which reflected the rise ...

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
490 words
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Cradle of all literature, epic allows a community to place itself in relation to its cultural or mythical origin; rediscovering, ...

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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
604 words

The term traditionally applies to long narrative poems on historical or legendary events of defining significance for the national, ethnic, ...

Epic Poetry

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The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
1,202 words

Epic poetry, while broadly covering long heroic poems which recount legendary or historical narratives of national importance, has in fact ...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology

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Current Version:
2010

Poems intended for oral performance in which the deeds of a great hero are narrated in elevated style have existed ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)
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686 words

An epic is a long narrative poem, usually distinguished from the ballad by its greater length and by the use ...

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Hardie Philip Russell

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
599 words

The purely metrical ancient definition of epic, or ἔπος, ἔπη (lit. ‘word’, ‘words’), as verse in successive hexameters includes such works as ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006
a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the past history of a nation. The word comes via Latin ... More
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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
376 words

Several types of epic flourished in the late Roman period: (1) patria, or histories of cities such as Tarsos ...

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