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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

The purely metrical ancient definition of epic as verse in successive hexameters includes such works as Hesiod's didactic poems and the philosophical poems of the Presocratics. In its narrower, and now usual, acceptance ‘epic’ refers to hexameter narrative poems on the deeds of gods, heroes, and men, a kind of poetry at the summit of the ancient hierarchy of ... ...

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