|In the mythical past in Greece, heroes were quite common. These heroes undertook strange quests, sailed on fantastic voyages, killing villains and monsters, saving beautiful princesses in distresses, and fighting in titanic wars.
The Greek writer, Hesiod, called this period the Heroic Age — the time between the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age. Here the heroes were demi-gods, who claimed kinship or direct descent to the gods. They were a race of noble warriors, who lived during the time of wars in Thebes and Troy.
Follow the adventures of Heracles, especially the Twelve Labours, as he fights his enemies, whether they were men or monsters. Sailed with Jason and the Argonauts, or follow the fabulous voyage of Odysseus. Fight alongside with Achilles and Ajax, or Hector and Aeneas in the Trojan War.
Prepare yourself to relive the exciting adventures of these mythical heroes.
I would like to welcome you to the Heroic Age.
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Perseus fleeing from the Gorgons.
Red-figured Greek amphora, 490 BC
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I have received some e-mails concerning difficulties in finding stories on particular heroes and events, particularly the Trojan War.
On this menu page (Heroic Age), you can navigate to a particular story by simply clicking one of the above buttons. Notice the rather large, blue buttons. These buttons are actually links to specific pages.
Each of these pages contains more links, near the top of the page. They are sort of like Table of Contents. These links may take you to a section of the page, or it may link to a separated (external but related) page.
Note also that Heroes I, contains information on heroes before the Trojan War, including links to the heroes – Perseus, Heracles and Theseus. However, these three great heroes have their own separate pages, due to the sheer size of their stories.
Of course, Heroes II, contains information on heroes who had fought in the Trojan War.
Full treatment of the Trojan War, is told on a separate page. More adventures of Odysseus can be found in the Odyssey. Full story of the Trojan hero, Aeneas, can be found in the Tales of Rome.
Speaking of Tales of Rome, there are semi-historical accounts of the seven kings of Rome, and how Rome became a republic.
War between the two powerful cities, Argos and Thebes, can be found in Seven Against Thebes. This also included the Epigoni.
The story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece can be found in Argonauts.
There is even tales about lovers. I wasn’t too sure of where this put page, but finally decided that it belonged to this section in Classical myths.
The latest addition to the Heroic Age is the new Mythical Creatures. The mythical creatures found in Classical myths included giants, nymphs, spirits, magical animals and monsters.