They weren't. Capitals—or rather small letters—hadn't been invented at the time the epics were finally written down. Or accents or breathing marks. Or spaces or punctuation. It would've been written like this:
Or something like that. (I promise not to get into boustrophedon.) Now, I'm not the biggest expert on Greek, but in Latin I've seen quite a bit of variation on punctuation and capitalization. By and large it seems to have more to do with local standards than anything else. I.e. Germans capitalize more. French editions might use « and » rather than “ and ”.
On the other hand, Greek has a modern standard for punctuation and capitalization and may well impose that on modern editions of epic. Is that what you are looking for?
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