What are the characteristics of the classical epic tradition?

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After Aristotle’s distinction in Poetics of “more than one” narrator, the classical epic (Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil’s Aeneid ) is an exhaustive narration of a great event in history, told not only in an omniscient narrator voice but also in the words of its characters.  The plot of the epic is a journey—to Troy or back home or to Carthage, etc.—a jouney fraught with sbplots and conflicts, many with human...

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