Tag Archives: Epic

Le Morte d’Arthur
Thomas Malory

Le Morte d’Arthur is not actually one long epic about the life and death of King Arthur, but rather a collection of stories of the knights of the Round Table fused by Malory into a somewhat coherent tale…

The Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri

Given the magnificent structure of the work, and the quality of the poetry in Italian, I have to wonder if it’s worthwhile to read The Divine Comedy in translation…

Orlando Furioso
Ludovico Ariosto

Without a doubt, Orlando Furioso is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. From start to finish, it’s all action, and all awesome…

The Song of Roland
Anonymous

Now, don’t get me wrong. The Song of Roland is incredibly stupid. I just think the abuse it receives is undeserved…

Journey to the West
Wu Cheng'en

The impact that Journey to the West has had on the world since its publication is…staggering. I don’t think I would be overstating things to say that most (if not all) modern manga/anime have been directly influenced by Journey to the West

The Theogony
Hesiod

If The Theogony has any real value today, it’s as a reference work. If ever you find yourself wondering who Hephaestus’s parents are, or if he has any brothers or sisters, this is the place to go…

Forest of a Thousand Daemons
Daniel Olorunfemi Fagunwa

I would dearly love to give Fagunwa’s Forest of a Thousand Daemons an A+, but the nature of the story simply will not allow it…

The Epic of Gilgamesh
Anonymous

The Epic of Gilgamesh is allegedly the oldest story on record (I’m just repeating what I’ve heard; I’ve got no stake in it), but it reads like it was just written (by someone that rocks)…

The Aeneid
Virgil

I didn’t find The Aeneid to be as great as any of the other epics I’ve read (and I’ve read a few), but it was by no means bad—not a wasted afternoon…

War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is, and always will be, I believe, unparalleled as a master literary work…