I make a case for Valmiki’s culturally important epic poem, The Ramayana. There might be a flying monkey and a blue guy, but this is a SERIOUS work!
It’s another bonus episode, but it’s a fun one where I lay down my movie adaptation-hating mantle and allow that sometimes, not only do movies get it right, they do
Ovid’s Metamorphoses is one of the greatest epic poems in the Latin language. Myths, gods, heroes, and and endless stream of rape victims. It’s harsh, but absolutely worth a read.