Epic on the Internet

Responding to the lack of genre-based sites on the web, I've gathered here an array of sites focused on epic poetry, aiming for the occasionally quirky as well as the canonical vision of the genre.  In addition to the links to individual poems and poets, I've tried to incorporate a few key sites for chronological study. Thus, links to sites like Perseus, The Labyrinth or Romantic Circles, with all their wealth of connections, are included at the bottom of the appropriate page. Your comments and suggestions for inclusion or updating are appreciated.  Like all good sites, this one should be perpetually evolving, and appropriately enough, in the midst of things. I update the pages as often as I can (but time's wingéd chariot hurries near).

For familiarity's sake, the organization is (loosely) chronological, with a few pages (Non-Western, American, and Women's Epic) based in kinds rather than times of origin.  The chronologies as well as the selections currently show too clearly my own as well as the Internet's strong Anglo-American bias. And I have finally incorporated a search page for this directory, which may help if you're not sure where to start looking.

Note:  Though I do include links to some creative, occasionally naive endeavors, I try not to include sites like the following (straight from the original):  "Oral poets can whole heroic poems a formulae in construction of their epics although in this case Homer did not."


Search HyperEpos

General Epic Resources

Women's Epic

Non-Western Epic

American Epic

Pre-Classical Epic

Homeric Epic

Other Greek Epic

Latin Epic

Medieval Epic

Renaissance Epic

Neoclassical Epic

Romantic Epic

Victorian Epic

Modernist Epic

Contemporary Epic


General Epic Resources








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This site is maintained by
Jeremy M. Downes
Department of English
Auburn University
Copyright © 1999-2011
Original:  January 1999
Last update:  September 2011