PassageA. (1) The literary form known as the epic, a long, serious narrative poem featuring a larger-than-life hero who embodies the ideals of his people, can be found in many cultures. (2) The oldest known example is The Epic of Gilgamesh, which dates back to some two thousand years B.C. (3) Gilgamesh is a Sumerian hero who seeks the secret to eternal life. (4) He finds it, only to lose it. (5) Gilgamesh accepts the fate that he shares with all human beings, and he returns home, where he dies. (6) Western literature is often said to begin with the two ancient Greek epics attributed to Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey. (7) The Iliad is the story of war, and the sacrifices that must be made for victory, as shown in the tragic death of the hero Achilles in the Trojan War. (8) The Odyssey is the story of peace, as the hero Odysseus struggles to return home to be united with his wife and son, and to take his rightful place as king of Ithaca. (9) The Ramayana of Valmiki is an epic poem of ancient India, written in Sanskrit, it tells about the journey of virtue to conquer vice. (10) The West African Epic of Son-Jara tells the story of the hero and first king of the Mende people. (11) Great epics have also been written in the Christian tradition. (12) They include The Divine Comedy, written in Italian by Dante Alighieri in the 1300s, and John Milton’s Paradise Lost, a masterpiece of English literature written in 1667.
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