Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War Renowned classicist
Beowulf is a major epic of Anglo Saxon literature, probably composed between the first half of the seventh century and the end of the first millennium The poem was inspired by the oral tradition Anglo Saxon and Germanic transcribed a verse epic, recounting the exploits of Beowulf hero who gave his
John Milton s Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of
The Aeneid is an epic poem written by Virgil in the 1st century BC It s hero is Aeneas, a Trojan who travels from Troy to Italy to eventually found Rome Some argue that The Aeneid is Virgil s answer to Homer s Odyssey and Iliad, combining two genres of the day travel and war into one poem.
Andrew George s masterly new translation The Times of the world s first truly great work of literatureMiraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world s oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries The story
The Divine Comedy describes Dante s descent into Hell with Virgil as a guide his ascent of Mount Purgatory and encounter with his dead love, Beatrice and finally, his arrival in Heaven Examining questions of faith, desire and enlightenment, the poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of
Prized through the ages for its splendor and its savage, sophisticated wit, The Metamorphoses is a masterpiece of Western culture the first attempt to link all the Greek myths, before and after Homer, in a cohesive whole, to the Roman myths of Ovid s day Horace Gregory, in this modern translation,
On 15 August 778, Charlemagne s army was returning from a successful expedition against Saracen Spain when its rearguard was ambushed in a remote Pyrenean pass Out of this skirmish arose a stirring tale of war, which was recorded in the oldest extant epic poem in French The Song of Roland, written
Written by an anonymous 14th century poet, this epic poem is recognized as an equal of Chaucer s masterworks and of the great Old English poems, including Beowulf This edition includes a Preface by Raffel and a new Introduction Revised reissue.
Written by an unknown author in the twelfth century, this powerful tale of murder and revenge reaches back to the earliest epochs of German antiquity, transforming centuries old legend into a masterpiece of chivalric drama Siegfried, a great prince of the Netherlands, wins the hand of the beautiful