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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
Homer
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The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Dante Alighieri
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Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
John Milton
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Iliad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Homer
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Beowulf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Unknown
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Mahabharata is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Vyasa
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Ramayana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
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Valmiki
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Aeneid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Virgil
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Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Anonymous
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Metamorphoses is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
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Shahnameh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Ferdowsi
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Argonautica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
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Apollonius of Rhodes
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Orlando Furioso is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Ludovico Ariosto
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The Faerie Queene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Edmund Spenser
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De rerum natura is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
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Lucretius
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Shield of Heracles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
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Parzival is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
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Wolfram von Eschenbach
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The Song of Roland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
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Nibelungenlied is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Unknown
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Theogony is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Hesiod
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The Poem of the Cid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
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Unknown
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Works and Days is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
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The Cantos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Ezra Pound
24
Epic of Manas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Various
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Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Epic Poems of All Time
Various