Teaching World Epics offers strategies for teaching epic works from Africa, Europe, Mesoamerica, and East, Central, and South Asia that are available in English translation, including Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, Beowulf, Giulia Bigolina’s Urania, The Book of Dede Korkut, Luis Vaz de Camões’s Os Lusiadas, Charlemagne’s Journey to Jerusalem and Constantinople, Daurel and Beton, David of Sassoun, Egil’s Saga, The Epic of Askia Mohammed, The Epic of Gilgamesh, the epic of Sun-Jata, Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga’s La Araucana, Geste Francor, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Kalevala, Kebra Nagast, Kudrun, The Legend of Poṉṉivaḷa Nadu, the Mahabharata, Manas, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Mwindo, the Nibelungenlied, Poema de mio Cid, Popol Wuj, the Ramayana, the Shahnameh, Sirat Bani Hilal, The Song of Roland, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, Statius’s Thebaid, Táin Bó Cúailnge, The Tale of the Heike, Three Kingdoms, Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá’s Historia de la Nueva México, and Virgil’s Aeneid. Published in the Modern Language Association’s Options for Teaching series. Press release. Order  form.


This preview of the Teaching World Epics volume was recorded for the panel entitled “Teaching World Epics” at the Renaissance Society of America conference, March 10, 2023, San Juan, Puerto Rico.