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Greek Mythology Heroes
On account of their divine origin, heroes or heroines of Greek mythology are believed to have ruled over mortals for a comparatively long period. Some of heroes mentioned in greek mythology would be Hercules, Perseus and Prometheus.
Also known for their heroic deeds are Argonauts. The Greek mythologies are interspersed with stories of royal crimes as well– they tell tales of heroes who committed heinous crimes under strong spell of fate or destiny. The end of Heroic Age is marked by Trojan Wars.
Information on Greek mythology
The primary source of information being poetry of Archaic and Classical eras, like Homeric Odyssey, Iliad and Hymns. The dramatic works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes, Hesiodic Theogony and choral hymns of Pindar and Bacchylides also enrich sources of Greek mythological information. These literary works were composed primarily for performance at cultic festivals or aristocratic banquets. Apart from literary works, works of historians, like Herodotus and Diodorus Siculus, and geographers, like Pausanias and Strabo each made significant contributions to mythology of Greece.
The work of mythographers, poetry of Hellenistic and Roman ages, Hellenistic poets Apollonius of Rhodes and Callimachus also contain important informations on Greek mythology. Even Roman poets Hyginus, Ovid, Statius, Valerius Flaccus and Virgil. The Late Antique Greek poets Nonnus and Quintus Smyrnaeus. Plus novelists like Apuleius, Petronius, Lollianus and Heliodorus are known to have added to vast store of Greek mythological information.
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