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Poetry The Best Epic Poems of All Time  

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What are the best epic poems of all time? This list includes classic epic poems such as The Odyssey, The Iliad, Paradise Lost, and Aeneid. An epic poem is a lengthy, narrative poem containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation. Homer is probably the most famous epic poet, and many of his epic poems are on this list of the greatest epic poems in history.

Written works have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories on the page. Whether short or long form, poetry is often illusory, and full of rich imagery or hidden meaning. It is these elements which provoke readers to dig deeper. The best poems and poets are read throughout the ages. They are passed from generation to generation and taught throughout school to young students.

Poets and their poetry have the ability to take readers places and into worlds never imagined. Poets can often be tortured souls or great thinkers that allow readers a new view on the world. These greatest epic poems provide the kind of emotional connection to the written word and history that few can. These epic poems all vary in their setting and time period, but they are all equally fascinating.

Vote up the absolute best epic poems of all time below, or add a great epic poem that isn't already on the list.

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Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Odyssey Homer

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Mahabharata is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Mahabharata Vyasa

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Iliad is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Iliad Homer

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The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

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Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Paradise Lost John Milton

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Ramayana is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
softserve added Ramayana Valmiki

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Beowulf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Beowulf Unknown

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Aeneid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Aeneid Virgil

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Metamorphoses is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time

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Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Gilgamesh Anonymous

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Shahnameh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Shahnameh Ferdowsi

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The Song of Roland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
The Song of Roland Turold

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Orlando Furioso is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Orlando Furioso Ludovico Ariosto

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Parzival is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
softserve added Parzival Wolfram von Eschenbach

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Argonautica is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
chrisstbax added Argonautica Apollonius of Rhodes

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The Faerie Queene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
The Faerie Queene Edmund Spenser

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Works and Days is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Works and Days Hesiod

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De rerum natura is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
softserve added De rerum natura Lucretius

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Shield of Heracles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Shield of Heracles Hesiod

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Theogony is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Theogony Hesiod

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Epic of Manas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Epic of Manas Various

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Nibelungenlied is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Nibelungenlied Unknown

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Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Don Juan Various

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The Poem of the Cid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
chrisstbax added The Poem of the Cid Unknown

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Saga of Grettir the Strong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Saga of Grettir the Strong Unknown

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The Cantos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
The Cantos Ezra Pound

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The Rape of the Lock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
The Rape of the Lock Alexander Pope

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Catalogue of Women is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Catalogue of Women Hesiod

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Pharsalia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Pharsalia Lucan

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Evangeline is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
softserve added Evangeline Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Capture of Oechalia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Capture of Oechalia Creophylus