Father of epic poetry. Homer (about 950 B.C.), author of the Iliad and Odyssey. Celebrated epics are the Iliad, Odyssey, Æneid, Paradise Lost.
“Speaking of M. Doré's performances as an illustrator of the great Puritan epic.” —The Times.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894