Plot centers around a hero of unbelievable stature.
The epic hero completes what everyone else only attempts. In ancient epics, the hero ofter is either partially divine or at least protected by a god or God.
Involves deeds of superhuman strength and valor.
Accomplish feats no real human could
The action spans not only geographical but also often cosmological space: across land, sea, into the underworld, or through time/space etc.
Involves supernatural and-or otherworldly forces
Gods, demons, angels, time/space travel, cheating death, etc.
Sustained elevation of style
Overwritten. Overly formal, highly stylized (poetry, lyricism/singing, exaggeration)
Poet remains objective and omniscient
The narrator sees and knows all and presets all perspectives