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Ancient Greek Hero Profiles

Updated: May 18

Looking for some top trivia on the Mythological Heroes of Ancient Greece? Look no further, we've got you covered.




Hercules:

Famous for:

Being the son of Zeus and completing 12 impossible labours.


Defeated:

Pretty much every monster going, including the Lernean Hydra, Nemean Lion, and entire armies of Centaurs.


Did You Know:

The Ancient Greeks called Hercules, ‘Heracles’. He was renamed ‘Hercules’ by the Romans.




Theseus:

Famous for:

Navigating the labyrinth and killing the Bull of Minos; the Minotaur.


Defeated:

In addition to the above: a variety of bandits and the Crommyonian Sow (a super evil pig).


Did You Know:

Theseus wasn’t always a good guy, he had a habit of kidnapping women. Most notably Hades’ wife, Persephone.




Atalanta:

Famous for:

Demanding would-be suiters defeat her in a footrace. Those who lost would be killed. A lot of young men ended up dead.


Defeated:

Drew first blood in the hunt of the Calydonian Boar. Wrestled and defeated Achilles’ dad, Peleus.


Did You Know:

In some account Atalanta joined Jason and the Argonauts on the Argo to quest for the Golden Fleece.




Perseus:

Famous for:

Slaying the snake-haired Gorgon, Medusa


Defeated:

Medusa (as above) and Cetus, a giant sea serpent, to save Andromeda.


Did You Know:

Perseus is one of the only Greek Heroes who lived happily ever after. He married Andromeda and ruled as King of Mycenae for a long and successful reign.



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