Under the general heading of Greek Epic it is customary to include a large number of poems and fragments of very various types. They are all written in the same metre and approximate more or less to the style consecrated to epic poetry and known as Homeric; they are narrative or partially narrative in form, and deal with persons and events of remote or legendary ages. But within these limits the scope of the Greek Epic is extraordinarily wide, embracing, as it does, such widely divergent forms as the Iliad, the Hesiodic Catalogue poems, the Hymns of Callimachus and the epic Idylls of Theocritus.