The Ancient Greek Heroes was a religious figure, a dead person who received cult honors and was expected in return to bring prosperity, especially in the form of fertility of plants and animals, to the community.
The songs are sung for heroes and the cult honors given to them in worship and festivals, including athletic festivals, celebrated in their honor, are an attempt to provide compensation for the death of the hero. According to the ancient beliefs, the hero, who is mortal, not immortal like the gods, must suffer during his or her lifetime, and, significantly, must die. Only after death can the hero receive immortalization in the cult and in song.
A list of few of Ancient Greek Heroes is below :
Herakles (a.k.a. Hercules)
Son of the great God Zeus and a mortal woman, Hercules would forever be at odds with Zeus’s goddess wife, Hera. Hercules or Heracles (Herakles) was a strong man who performed 12 labors. His nemesis was Hera.
Odysseus was one of the Ancient Greece Heroes of the Trojan War as described by Homer in his famous epic poem The Iliad. Not only was Odysseus a skilled warrior, he was also the cleverest of the Greek captains. When the effort to take Troy stalled, it was Odysseus who devised the famous Trojan Horse.
Achilles is the quintessential Greek hero. During the Trojan War, Achilles was the Greek’s best warrior; his nymph mother held him by his heel when she dipped him in the River Styx making him immortal everywhere but there. Achilles was born to a supernatural being, a nymph, who protected him by dipping him in the River Styx when he was an infant.
In an amazing eleven-year journey of conquest, young Alexander of Macedonia conquered all the way from Egypt to India. Behind him came Greek institutions and the Greek language, which became the standard of the ancient world. The intoxication of power caused Alexander to become strange to his friends, and he died unhappily.
Jason was the son of the lawful king of Iolcus, but his uncle Pelias had usurped the throne. Pelias lived in constant fear of losing what he had taken so unjustly. When he had come of age, Jason set out like a proper Ancient Greece Heroes to claim his rightful throne.
Atalanta is one of the few heroines in Greek lore. Atalanta was one of the heroes that Jason rounded up to crew the Argo. Atalanta was beautiful and the fastest runner in the land: according to myth, she could even run on water without her feet getting wet. Many of the other heroes on board the Argo were in love with her, but none more than Prince Meleagrus of Calydon.
Aristides was so respected throughout Greece for his fairness that Athens assumed the leadership of the alliance against the Persian invaders. His character is a model for all ages.