List of epic poems

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The first page of the Beowulf manuscript, 8th to 10th century.

This is a list of epic poems.

Ancient epics (to 500)[edit]

Before the 8th century BC[edit]

8th to 6th century BC[edit]

4th century BC[edit]

3rd century BC[edit]

2nd century BC[edit]

1st century BC[edit]

1st century AD[edit]

2nd century[edit]

2nd to 5th century[edit]

3rd to 4th century[edit]

4th century[edit]

5th century[edit]

Medieval epics (500–1500)[edit]

7th century[edit]

8th to 10th century[edit]

11th century[edit]

The Knight in the Panther's Skin by Shota Rustaveli, one of the greatest Georgian poets.

12th century[edit]

13th century[edit]

14th century[edit]

15th century[edit]

Modern epics (from 1500)[edit]

16th century[edit]

17th century[edit]

18th century[edit]

19th century[edit]

20th century[edit]

21st century[edit]

Other epics[edit]


  1. ^ According to that article, world folk epics are those that are not just literary masterpieces, but also an integral part of the world view of a people, originally oral, later written down by one or several authors.
  2. ^ Fallon, Oliver. Bhatti's Poem: The Death of Rávana (Bhaṭṭikāvya). New York 2009: Clay Sanskrit Library, [1]. ISBN 978-0-8147-2778-2, ISBN 0-8147-2778-6.
  3. ^ "The Lusiads". World Digital Library. 1800–1882. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  4. ^ Pender, Patricia (2012). Early Modern Women's Writing and the Rhetoric of Modesty. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 166. ISBN 9781137008015.
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  6. ^ a b Stephen Greenblatt et al. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, volume D, 9th edition (Norton, 2012)