The epic is dead. The most potent genre of literature during the Age of
Homer and Virgil, which glorified the superhuman adventures of the lofty
hero of a people, died, perhaps because of the novel's elevation to the highest
echelon in the hierarchy of literary forms, thereby effecting the desecration of
the Aristotelian exegesis of Greek tragedy [Lodge, 1996] or of Modernism's
attempt to dismiss history so as to be emancipated from the shackles of
tradition [Jackson, 1994].