What is an Epic?. A long narrative poem about a legendary hero.Recall the Gilgamesh epic from Mesopotamia.. Homer. poetthought to be blind, but describes events as a seeing personlived around 1200 B.C.E. Homer. Wrote the Illiad and the Odyssey - stories about the war between the Trojans and the Greeks which had happened between 900 and 700 B.C.E..