His father had read him stories, like King Arthur, epics of kingdoms won and lost.
And we love sweeping, romantic Irish epics in films and books.
The whole situation, we shall show, recurs again and again in the epics of feudal France, the later epics of feudal discontent.
The fault, however, lies with the translators rather than with the epics.
Perhaps that's my inheritance from the old minstrels--for they chanted their ballads and epics, didn't they?
Nor is it clear that my epics, to be perfect, would need to be quite endless.
Indian epics contain many notices of numerous demigods, and the planets are also deified.
Helbig thinks the epics silent about the gold spangles on dresses.
Krishna and other figures in the epics live human lives with all human virtues and vices.
Men in the epics have the strongest sense of dependence on them.
1580s, perhaps via Middle French épique or directly from Latin epicus, from Greek epikos, from epos "word, story, poem," from PIE *wekw- "to speak" (see voice). Extended sense of "grand, heroic" first recorded in English 1731. The noun meaning "an epic poem" is first recorded 1706.
A long narrative poem written in elevated style, in which heroes of great historical or legendary importance perform valorous deeds. The setting is vast in scope, covering great nations, the world, or the universe, and the action is important to the history of a nation or people. The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid are some great epics from world literature, and two great epics in English are Beowulf and Paradise Lost.
Note: Figuratively, any task of great magnitude may be called “epic,” as in an “epic feat” or an “epic undertaking.”