"Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali" is the life story of Sundiata, the son of a Malian king. Following the death of his father, Sundiata endures adversity after being exiled. In an act of redemption, he builds up an army and... More »

“The Epic of Gilgamesh” is an ancient story about a Sumerian king who lived in 2500 BCE Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh starts out as a corrupt king, but he learns how to become good over the course of the story. More » History Ancient History

Epic heroes in literature include Achilles, Aeneas, Arjuna, Beowulf, Gilgamesh, Grettir, Odysseus, Roland and Rostam. An epic hero is the central character in an epic poem, which is a book-length narrative that chronicle... More »

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