What are the best epics in the world?

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    #1The Iliad and the Odyssey

    The Iliad and the Odyssey

    The Iliad and the Odyssey are poems written by ancient historian Homer about notable moments in Greek history. The Iliad is about Achilles and the Trojan War, while the Odyssey is a tale involving the gods. Shandonpress printed this book.

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    Matthew Anderson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Iliad and the Odyssey is an awesome story, it really doesn't get any better than Homer. The classic story is as good today as it was 2,700 years ago. I think many of the books and movies today could benefit from the formula Homer used and I wish more did."
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    #2Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney is a new verse narrative published in 1999. This epic poetry novel follows the story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian protagonist who saved the Danes from the monsters Grendel and its mother.

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    Paul Lucas
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Having read the book back in high school and did see the motion picture from years back, I am familiar with Beowulf and this particular story. It is also fun to read different takes on it and see if any new author can add some different types of development in the story that has been told time and time again."
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    #3Metamorphoses

    Metamorphoses

    The poems of Ovid bring us a collection of mythological tales about the idea of the transformation as a result of love or lust, and the beginning of the World and the deification of Emperor Augustus. 

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    #4Mahabharata

    Mahabharata
    Mahabharata by William Buck is the author's translation and presentation of Mahabharata, the ancient Indian epic poem about the struggle between the Kurus and the Pandavas. Originally in Sanskrit, it is considered as the longest epic ever.
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    Kyle Carter
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Very nice read. It is definitely a classic and is a must read for avid readers. This epic poem captures a vast and grand world and all the things that happen through it's amazing narrative. This is great for people who love epic literature. "
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    #5The Divine Comedy

    The Divine Comedy
    Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy tells of the poet's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed, he will learn the meaning of evil, sin, damnation, and forgiveness.
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    #6The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights

    The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights
    The Arabian Nights is the tales about the life of Shahrazad who has a king husband who executed each of his wives. A collection of tales such as Aladdin, and Sinbad the Seaman and Sinbad the Landsman are part of this story.
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    Carl Gomez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you enjoy reading epics and you haven't read this one yet you are really missing out. It is a great epic and is worth checking out."
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    #7The Epic of Gilgamesh

    The Epic of Gilgamesh

    The Epic of Gilgamesh is a story found on ancient clay tablets detailing the adventures of Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk who went on many adventures, including his search for immortality. This version is translated by Andrew George.

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    Christopher Morales
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book revolves around the older times. It is full of knowledge. "
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    #8Ramayana

    Ramayana
    Ramayana is an ancient Indian epic, as retold by William Buck. Considered to be the adikavya or the first poem, it tells the story of the prince of the Kosala Kingdom, Rama, and his adventures during his exile from the kingdom.
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    Grace Campbell
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This epic story is one of the best i have read, i have had a very good time reading this book, and i suggest it to all readers who want to have a special time, because i am sure that this book has quality, good writing and tells a very special story. "
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    #9Shogun (Asian Saga)

    Shogun (Asian Saga)
    Set in 1600, the first book of the Asian Saga features three main characters: John Blackthorne, a British adventurer who arrives at Japan; Toranaga, a feudal lord with dreams of becoming the Shogun and Lady Mariko, a Catholic convert who falls in love with John, an explosive combination of characters and personalities that ensures lots of adventures. 
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    Johnny Griffin
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I found this story really fun. It had just the right amount of action with a gripping story. It painted a good picture of Japan for the time period and the characters were complex."
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    #10Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost contains John Milton's most celebrated epic poems that entail the cosmological and spiritual origins of man's existence. This book tackles and exposes some of the sensitive issues of Christianity.

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    Virginia Hawkins
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Want to read the best epic poems? Along with the Iliad, the Odyssey and Aeneid, Milton's Paradise Lost is a must read. Written in the 17th Century, this story about the Fall of Man (the biblical story). Finally arranged into 12 books, this epic poem presents the story from different viewpoints. It is a necessary addition to any library that claims to contain the best epics in the world. It's also a classic, one all of us should read. "
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    #11War and Peace

    War and Peace
    Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is considered one of the finest novels ever written. The story chronicles Napoleon's invasion of Russia during the early 19th century.
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    Betty Payne
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "War and Peace is a classic novel so it would definitely be on my list for best epics in the world. It has history and deep characters that are known throughout the world."
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    #12Hamlet

    Hamlet
    This is one of the greatest plays of all times and this edition is the groundbreaking Cambridge School, established by Rex Gibson. This is the story of the tormented prince of Denmark confronted with the evidence that this uncle murdered his father. 
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    George Hall
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "One of the seminal works of the English language and for good reason. The themes on top of themes amidst twists and allegories could leave you searching for more meaning from Hamlet for a lifetime. A true masterpiece."
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    #13Les Misérables

    Les Misérables
    Les Misérables is a French historical tale by Victor Hugo, which was published first in 1862. This novel follows the lives of several characters, especially that of Jean Valjean during the June Rebellion in Paris. 
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    James Ryan
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I am not too keen on classics reads, and so goes for this one. I did like the phantom of the opera and I was recommended this to read. It was quite dry and boring. I didn't really like the movie either."
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    #14The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.

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    Pranav Yadav
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The Hobbit is an amazing experience. If you don't enjoy exploring middle earth, you're imagination is broken."
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    #15Aeneid

    Aeneid

    Aeneid is an epic poem written by the well-known Roman poet, Virgil. Believed to be published between 29 and 19 BC, it tells the story of a Trojan named Aeneas, the ancestor of the Romans.

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    Charles Fields
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Aeneid is a fantastic epic, telling the story of Aenas this book stands up there with all the great epics of the world and should be read by everyone who has an interest in roman script."
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    #16The Odyssey

    The Odyssey

    After enduring the Trojan War, Odysseus begins the treacherous journey home to Ithaca. Homer's The Odyssey was composed around 700 BC and is one of the earliest epics in existence, remaining as one of the most influential works of literature today.

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    Emma Baker
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Odyssey was given to me as a suggestion for the best epics in the world. As I have read and enjoyed the book I would also recommend this title. This book has great reviews, good price point, and several purchase options and is without a doubt a classic."

Summary

Best What are the best epics in the world
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Iliad and the OdysseyBooks 34 Paid
2Beowulf: A New Verse TranslationBooks 31 Paid
3MetamorphosesBooks 29 Paid
4MahabharataBooks 27 Paid
5The Divine ComedyBooks 26 Paid
6The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One NightsBooks 24 Paid
7The Epic of GilgameshBooks 22 Paid
8RamayanaBooks 20 Paid
9Shogun (Asian Saga)Books 19 Paid
10Paradise LostBooks 16 Paid
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