What is an epic?
An epic is a lengthy, often book-length poem that features dialogue between characters and numerous scenes on which action takes place. Essentially, epics are stories written in the format of a poem. The main character in an epic is considered to be a hero, whose adventures and accomplishments are detailed throughout the literary piece. There is a rich oral tradition associated with epics and their roots can be traced back many hundreds to even thousands of years. In many epics, gods play a significant role as either a help or a hindrance to the hero. Two of the best-known epics are Homer'sThe Iliad andThe Odyssey.