Heroes


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Achilles
Greek hero of the Trojan war. Achilles was son of the sea nymph Thetis and King Peleus

Agamemnon
King of Mycenae and key participant in the Trojan war

Ajax
Greek warrior, second only to Achilles during the Trojan war

Alcestis
The legendary devoted wife of Admetus who gave up her life for her husband

Alcmene
The lovely mother of the hero Herakles

Anchises
This mortal man was the father of the legendary hero Aeneas

Andromache
The wife of the Trojan hero Hector

Andromeda
The beautiful daughter of Queen Cassiopeia. She was rescued by the hero Perseus

Antigone
Daughter of Oedipus who sacrificed herself in the name of justice and honor

Atalanta
A huntress who in many respects recalls the goddess Artemis

Atreus
Father of Agamemnon and Menelaus

Autolycus
This son of Hermes took after his father - he was a legendary thief

Bellerophon
Hero who tamed the winged horse Pegasus

Briseis
She was a captive of the hero Achilles during the Trojan War

Cadmus
He founded the city of Thebes by sowing the teeth of a dragon

Cassandra
She had the gift of prophecy, but her curse was that no one believed her visions of the future

Cassiopeia
The boastful and vain mother of Andromeda

Castor and Polydeuces (Castor and Pollux)
Brothers referred to as the "heavenly twins"; also known as the Dioscuri

Chryseis
The "golden" daughter of a priest of Apollo

Clytemnestra
Wife of Agamemnon

Danae
Mother of Perseus. Her father locked her in a tower, but Zeus found her anyway

Deianira
Wife of the hero Herakles

Diomedes
A great Greek warrior who fought against the Trojans

Electra
Daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra

Hector
Trojan prince who fought against the Greek hero Achilles

Hecuba
The mother of Trojan princes, including Hector and Paris

Helen
Wife of Menelaus. Helen was abducted by Paris, and this event contributed to the start of the Trojan War

Herakles (Hercules)
Legendary for his strength and famous twelve labors. He was the son of Zeus and Alcmene

Hippolyta
An Amazon queen and wife of Theseus

Hippolytus
Son of Theseus and Hippolyta. His fate is the subject of a tragedy by Euripides

Iphigenia
The daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra who was sacrificed to the goddess Artemis

Jason
As leader of the Argonauts, he completed the quest for the Golden Fleece

Jocasta
Mother of Oedipus

Leda
Mother of the Dioscuri (Castor and Polydeuces), Helen, and Clytemnestra

Medea
A vengeful sorceress who married and later was scorned by the hero Jason

Meleager
He is famous for dealing the death blow to the Calydonian Boar

Menelaus
Brother of Agamemnon and ruler of Sparta

Nausicaa
She discovered the hero Odysseus in the Odyssey

Neoptolemus
The son of Achilles; he participated in the Trojan War

Nestor
In Homer's Iliad, he is portrayed as a wise old man

Odysseus
Hero of the eponymous Odyssey, a great adventurer; king of Ithaca

Oedipus
King of Thebes; his tragic story forms the basis for the Sophoclean trilogy

Orion
A great hunter; son of Poseidon and Euryale

Orpheus
Son of Apollo whose song was so mellifluous that it charmed inanimate objects

Pandora
The first woman, created by Zeus; her name means "all gifts"

Paris
He was the judge in the famous contest between three goddesses (Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera)

Patroclus
Friend of Achilles who played a key role in the Trojan War

Penelope
The circumspect wife of Odysseus, whose intelligence made her an exemplar

Penthesilea
Queen of the Amazons; she was killed by Achilles

Pentheus
Ill-fated king of Thebes, who refused to acknowledge the divinity of Dionysos

Perseus
Hero who destroyed Medusa; he also rescued Andromeda

Sarpedon
A son of Zeus; Sarpedon participated in the Trojan War

Telemachus
The son of Odysseus and Penelope; he plays an important role in the Odyssey

Telephus
Son of the Greek hero Herakles and Auge

Theseus
Hailed as the hero who conquered the deadly Minotaur