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 MSN Encarta - Epic
The characteristics of the hero of an epic are national rather than individual, and the exercise of those traits in heroic deeds serves to gratify a sense of national pride.
Epics deal with legendary or historical events of national or universal significance, involving action of broad sweep and grandeur.
In Persia the poet Firdawsi, drawing upon historical sources, composed the Persian national epic Shāh-Nāmah (Book of Kings, 1010). /encyclopedia_761552645/Epic.html   (876 words)

 Electronic Privacy Information Center
EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.
EPIC urged the suspension of the Registered Traveler program, one version of which is administered by a private contractor not subject to any Privacy Act obligations, until security and privacy problems can be resolved.
EPIC has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission concerning these practices, and a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to require phone companies to enhance their security safeguards.   (799 words)

 §2. Teutonic Epic Poetry. III. Early National Poetry. Vol. 1. From the Beginnings to the Cycles of Romance. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes. 1907–21
The history of our national epic poetry is rendered obscure by the fact that there is little elsewhere with which it may be compared.
The early national epic poetry of Germany is represented only by a fragment of 67 lines, while the national poetry of the north, rich as it is, contains nothing which can properly be called epic.
Kögel put forward the view that epic poetry originated among the Goths, and that its appearance in the north-west of Europe is to be traced to the harpist who was sent to Clovis by Theodric, king of the Ostrogoths. /211/0302.html   (727 words)

 'Survivors of the Night': The Language and Politics of Epic in Antonine Maillet's Pélagie-la-charrette
The filial piety and the elegiac tone of national epics are distilled in Virgil's phrase 'Fortia factor patrum,' ('the greater deeds of one's ancestors' [Aeneid 1.641]).
For Bakhtin the world of epic is made remote and inaccessible by a reverential point of view, the pious, worshipful attitude of a descendant, the space between the uncertain present and the heroic past being sacrosanct with national tradition.
Where the Aeneid was the national epic, the ideological prop for the one-man rule of Roman emperors, Lucan's Pharsalia was something of a parody of official epic, envisioning Rome made into a republic run by the warrior class rather than a single monarch. /product/utq/713/713_giltrow.html   (8428 words)

 The Armenian Weekly Online: May 2003
Zaven Nalbandian's translation of this national epic into English is supported by the splendid graphics of modern printing techniques, the stunning artwork of painter Mihran Sosoyan, its attractive binding, the scholarly remarks of Prof.
Reuben Der Minassian marveled at the gallantry of such men and wrote of their David-like deeds--a modern chapter of his own national epic, Memories of an Armenian Revolutionary.
The valorous defiance of the Armenian nation allegorized and symbolized by the "David" epic concerns the approximately 400 years of the occupation of Armenia by the Caliphs of Baghdad--that is, the Arab presence in Armenia from the 7th century to about the 11th, when the Seljuk Turks destroyed all vestiges of Armenian self-government. /armenianweekly/may_2003/culture002.html   (1285 words)

 [INFOCON] EPIC Alert 12.15
EPIC is urging consumers to comment in support of state anti-telemarketing laws until the deadline for public participation, Friday July 29, 2005.
EPIC statement (pdf): EPIC's Cybercrime Convention page: Build-A-Bear Workshops Build a Marketing Database on Kids Build-A-Bear Workshops are where kids construct and customize their own teddy bears, and even create a birth certificate for them.
EPIC argued that the legislation should include the option for a "credit freeze," which enables individuals to block almost all dissemination of their credit reports. /pipermail/infocon/2005-July/002827.html   (3362 words)

 EPIC - National ID and REAL ID Act
EPIC Urges Administration to Reject National ID. EPIC and a coalition of civil liberties groups have sent a letter to President Bush and Transportation Secretary Mineta urging them to reject the creation of a National ID Card through the standardization of state driver's licenses.
EPIC National ID Report: "Your Papers, Please." EPIC has released the report "Your Papers, Please: From the State Drivers License to a National Identification System." The report (PDF) analyzes the proposal from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) to convert state driver's licenses into National ID cards.
EPIC filed suit today against the Office of Homeland Security (OHS), seeking the expedited release of documents concerning the secret development of a government National identification system. /privacy/id_cards   (4575 words)

 National epic - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
The concept of a National epic, a mythological or partly mythological large work of poetry of defining importance to a certain nation (a political (or would-be) entity and/or an ethno-religuous identity), is a product of the 19th century phenomenon of Romantic nationalism.
Examples of epics that have been enlisted as "national" include
This encyclopedia, history, geography and biography article about National epic contains research on /encyclopedia/National_epic   (267 words)

 Epic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Epic metal — a type of heavy metal music
Epic Age — a time period in Indian history
Epic Illustrated — an anthology series published by Marvel Comics /wiki/Epic   (147 words)

 Dr. Robert Elsie - Gjergj Fishta. The Highland Lute: the Albanian national epic
They are all historical epics with national heroes and foreign foes.
It was his intention with this epic, an unprecedented achievement in Albanian letters, to present the lives of the northern Albanian tribes and of his people in general in a heroic setting.
Although the Montenegrins serve as 'bad guys' in the glorification of the author's native land, Fishta was not uninfluenced or unmoved by the literary achievements of the southern Slavs in the second half of the nineteenth century, in particular by the epic verse of Slavic resistance to the Turks. /pub/b30.html   (3284 words)

An epic is a struggle of the warrior, representing the cultural values of the society, in heroic conflict with its enemies.
Important in the Western epic is the concept of victory in defeat and defeat in victory.
The Peconic Street Literary Society started its focus on Arthurian Literature as part of its search for the great American epic because of the legend's unique impact on the formation of the country.   (641 words)

 Epic Movement
The Epic project seeks to help Asian students learn how God can uniquely use their culture and heritage to make a difference in the lives of others.
The first-ever Epic Conference Eastcoast will be taking place near State College, Pennsylvannia.
In Asian culture, the group is emphasized and as a result the individual in often overlooked and undeveloped.   (173 words)

EPIC also believes that a thoughtful, long-term solution to this problem will require the participation of parents and schools, and the development of good technical and educational measures.
EPIC is sponsored by the Fund for Constitutional Government and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.
The National Security Agency is expected to release a report on the availability of foreign encryption software which will be presented to the President at the same time. /mon/BigBrother/EpicAlert950326.html   (3010 words)

 <i>Lord of the Rings</i> Inspired by an Ancient Epic
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National Geographic Ultimate Explorer: Weekly news show presented by Lisa Ling, airing in the U.S. on MSNBC and the National Geographic Channel.
Davis, a National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence, journeyed to what was once Finland's Viena Karelia region, along the Russian border, to study Finnish. /news/2004/03/0301_040301_tolkienrootsredux.html   (937 words)

 Kalevala — The Finnish National Epic — Virtual Finland
His goal was a unified body of poetry a grand epic modelled after Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and the Edda of the ancient Scandinavians.
His ambition was to publish the songs as separate episodes focused on the main heroes of the epic poetry.
In the villages of Archangel Karelia, Lönnrot was able to experience for himself the vitality of the epic song tradition in that area. /finfo/english/kaleva5.html   (583 words)

 CliffsNotes::Aeneid:Book Summary and Study Guide
Less concerned with the life and adventures of Aeneas than with the part he played in founding the Roman state, the Aeneid is a national epic, a glorification and exaltation of Rome and its people.
All epic poetry has a serious theme narrated on a grand scale and intended to heighten the understanding of human nature and the meaning of life, but in a literary epic, the ideological content is more important than the human story itself.
Oral epic was intended primarily to provide diversion and entertainment to its audience, although it also embodied much of the history and folk-wisdom of the culture in which it was created. /WileyCDA/LitNote/id-3,pageNum-57.html   (1101 words)

 UNESCO Courier: The Kalevala; the birth of Finland's national epic
The Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, which was first published in 1835, is an interesting exception.
At the time no one could have foreseen that Snellman was destined to become the main ideologist of the national movement, Runeberg the most important Swedish-speaking poet in Finland and Lonnrot the compiler of the Finnish national epic.
We know, line by line, the sources of the Kalevala, those folk poems that Lonnrot collected during the eleven journeys he made to the eastern and northern provinces during the period 1828-1844, as well as poems recorded by dozens of other collectors which were included in the second and final edition published in 1849. /p/articles/mi_m1310/is_1985_August/ai_3877965   (1321 words)

 alpha1's Home Page/Project Alphistia
The Skansatala is the Alphistian national epic, like the Kalevala of Finland or the sagas of Iceland.
A national language other than English greatly aids the development of a unique cultural life, like small countries such as Iceland or Israel.English is important for Alphistians to know as a second language, since it is the international language of the world's educated population.
Just as the US has a national "ideology", known as the American Way of Life, Alphistia has its own political and social norms. /CapitolHill/2418/alpha1.html   (805 words)

 Search Results for Kalevala - Encyclopædia Britannica
Finnish national epic compiled from old Finnish ballads, lyrical songs, and incantations that were a part of Finnish oral tradition.
Finland's national epic, the Kalevala, compiled in the 19th century by the scholar Elias Lönnrot from old Finnish ballads, lyrics, and incantations, played a vital part in fostering Finnish national...
The vitality of the written epic is manifested by such masterworks as the Italian Divine Comedy of Dante (1265–1321) and the great Portuguese patriotic poem Os Lusíadas of Luiz de Camões (1524–80),... /search?ct=&query=Kalevala   (400 words)

 ninemsn Encarta - Kalevala
Kalevala, national epic poem of Finland, written in eight-syllable trochaic verse. /encyclopedia_761570744/Kalevala.html   (59 words)

 EPIC DIGEST 11.28.01
EPIC will be joined by Brad Jansen of Free Congress Foundation and Lori Cole of Eagle Forum to discuss the threats to civil liberties posted by National ID Systems.
Muris told the subcommittee that his agency is working hard to implement the major themes of the privacy agenda he announced last month, including a national do-not-call telemarketing list, and a crackdown on identity theft and on- and offline scams.
For instance, the South African Government used national identification to enforce apartheid. /digest/epic-digest11.28.01.html   (632 words)

 National Corvette Museum National Corvette Caravan
The Third National Corvette Caravan is the kick-off of the National Corvette Museum’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette.
You’re in a truly epic caravan and an event of a lifetime.
It’s quick and easy to register for the National Corvette Caravan right now. /index2.shtml   (465 words)

 EPIC's National Forest Program Racks Up Victories
EPIC's national forest program has been part of a few heartening victories in recent months, halting some needlessly destructive projects on our public lands.
EPIC's national forest program has been part of a few heartening victories i...
EPIC was represented in the case by Erik Schlenker-Goodrich of the Western Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit public-interest environmental law firm with offices in Eugene, Oregon and Taos, New Mexico. /publications/article-160   (915 words)

 Manas introduction
Among other things, the heroic epics of the non-Russian peoples were a potential threat to the Soviet/Communist system, because they glorified their past and carried powerful messages that could stir up or awaken people's pride in their national identity, history, and culture.
Although some of the main stories in the epic deal with recent history of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, there are many archaic elements and themes in the epic, which reflect its ancient origin.
All the epic's texts published during the Soviet period were the combination of various versions, which were heavily edited to suit the Soviet and Communist ideology. /folklore/manas/manasintro.html   (7154 words)

 Traditional Storytelling
The national epic is Kesar's Saga, or Tales of Kesar - known in Tibet as Gesar of Ling (see Tibet for description and resources).
They are rooted in epic songs which depict the velour of courageous heroes of the 10th century, and in the 12th and 13th centuries they flourished and large epic songs and long verse epics were created.
Although the tradition of the sung epic flourished throughout Croatia and Bosnia as well as Serbia, it was particularly identified with the tiny mountain kingdom of Montenegro, which in its remote independence and old-fashioned patriarchal society retained the conditions in which it could flourish. /story/dir/traditions/index.html   (15433 words)

 BBC NEWS World South Asia What next for the BJP?
The developments will have no immediate implications for the party - Mr Vajpayee remains leader of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition and of the BJP parliamentary party until the next general election, due in 2009; and Mr Advani continues to be the leader of the opposition in the parliament.
But with the partial eclipse of the two venerable old men - the pragmatic and charismatic Mr Vajpayee and the dour and determined Mr Advani - the unfinished epic seems to be headed for some stormy chapters ahead.
In an earlier manifestation, the party was a fringe and pariah Hindu nationalist outfit. /go/newsFeedXML/moreover/-/1/hi/world/south_asia/4569054.stm   (909 words)

 MSN Encarta - Aeneid
Aeneid, national epic by Roman poet Virgil, composed between 30 and 19 bc.
This article summarizes the plot of the epic poem; for an assessment of its...
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 Kalevala: from myth to symbol — Virtual Finland
Ilmarinen occupies the centre of the stage in several cantos as he forges the Sampo, a task set by the Mistress of Pohjola in return for her daughter's hand, and later in the epic as his wedding to her daughter is celebrated.
Considered as a piece of imaginative literature it invites comparison with other great epics of world literature as a means of gaining deeper insight into the creation of epic.
At yet another level, all fifty cantos of Kalevala can be seen to allegorise in their account of the growing prosperity of Väinämöinen and his people the significance of a cultural tradition as a means of defining and holding together a national group. /finfo/english/kalevala.html   (2575 words)

 Vergil Collection at
For the rest of his life Vergil worked on the Aeneid, a national epic honoring Rome and foretelling prosperity to come.
The greatest of Latin epics, concerning the mythic founder of Rome.
His perfect poetic expression gives him the first place among pastoral poets. /people/Vergil.html   (177 words)

 University Press of Florida: Joyce's Ulysses as National Epic
He reads the work as a fable of the new kinds of remembering, relations among ancestors, and "epic rhyming" that are required to imagine a new national entity, and he delineates the features of this fable by carefully wrought close readings of key moments in the novel.
Joyce's Ulysses as National Epic: Epic Mimesis and the Political History of the Nation State
Ungar adds a wealth of valuable new detail to the relation of Joyce's Ireland and Leopold Bloom's Hungary, which is central to his argument, and ingeniously links Molly Bloom to Stephen Dedalus's focus on the issue of national identity. /book.asp?id=UNGARS02   (290 words)

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