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What is the difference between the Cid and typical Greek epic poetry? El Cantar de Mio Cid, or The Lay of the Cid

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The most distinguishing differences between the epic poem El Cantar de Mio Cid (or The Lay of the Cid ) and classic Greek epics are the date of composition, identity of the heroes and the versification. It is generally agreed by scholars that Mio Cid was taken down as a dictation from an orally performed poem. The oral poem has been dated by Ramón Menéndez Pidal as circa 1140 A.D. with an anonymous authorship. Greek epics, on the other hand, such as the most famous two, Iliad and Odyssey, are dated from much earlier circa 800 to 600 B.C.

It is well known that El Cid, the hero of Mio Cid was a real historical person and that he was exiled, did have mighty adventures and was recalled to the court of King Alfonso--who trembled from a crushing military defeat--from whose court El Cid (El Cid is the equivalent of English Sir ) was exiled. On the other hand, Greek epic tales, which are filled with gods and demigods, are based on heroes from such dim recesses of time that they are generally considered to...

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