Famous Epic Poems

Can you name the famous epic poems?

SynopsisEpic PoemOrigin, Author, Year
A Sumerian king goes on adventures with his companion Enkidu, and searches for immortality after the latter's death.Mesopotamia, Unknown, c.2000 BC
A conflict arises between Achilles and Agamemnon in the final weeks of the Trojan War.Greece, Homer,* c.700 BC
A Greek hero encounters many obstacles on his long journey home from Troy.Greece, Homer,* c.700 BC
A pious Hebrew man struggles to retain his piety through trials with Satan, and to reconcile the existence of evil with the belief in God.Middle East, Moses,* c.400 BC
Five brothers gamble away their money and spend time in exile before returning to reclaim the throne of India, culminating in the Battle of Kurukshetra and the death of Krishna.India, Vyasa,* c.300 BC
Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu, pursues the demon king Ravana in an effort to reunite with his kidnapped wife Sita.India, Valmiki,* c.300 BC
Jason, on an oracle's advice, assembles a shipload of fifty heroes to retrieve the Golden Fleece.Greece, Apollonius Rhodius, c.200 BC
A Trojan hero flees the burning of Troy and goes to Italy, becoming the ancestor of the Romans.Rome, Virgil, c.20 BC
A series of unconnected transformation stories central to the mythological creation and history of the world.Rome, Ovid, 9 AD
An Anglo-Saxon hero battles three monsters (notably Grendel), becomes king and dies after being mortally wounded.Scandinavia/ England, Unknown, c.1000
Many traditional Norse poems compiled into one volume.Iceland, Sæmundr the Learned, c.1100
Charlemagne's army, retreating from Spain, is attacked and courageously fights a losing battle against the Basques.France, Taillefer,* c.1150
A disabled Mandinka man raises an army to overthrow the king of Sosso and becomes the first ruler of the Mali Empire.Mali, Unknown, c.1200
The dragon-slayer Siegfried lives at the Court of the Burgundians, is murdered and then avenged.Germany, Unknown, c.1200
A Kyrgyz hero and his followers defend their people against invading Kitay and Kalmak enemies.Kyrgyzstan, Unknown, c.1300
Dante is guided by the poet Virgil through the three realms of the dead: hell, purgatory and paradise.Italy, Dante Alighieri, c.1310
Two clans, the Taira and the Minamoto, struggle for control of Japan in the Genpei War in the 12th century.Japan, Yukinaga,* 1371
Adam and Eve are tempted by Satan and expelled from the Garden of Eden.England, John Milton, 1667
A compilation of many traditional Finnish and Karelian folktales dealing with the creation and history of the world.Finland, Elias Lönnrot (compiler), 1835
Various American Indian legends are compiled, centering around an Ojibwe hero and his love for his wife, Minehaha.United States, Henry W. Longfellow, 1855
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