Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Heroes, in classic mythology, originally men distinguished above their fellows for strength, courage, or wisdom. Later it was fabled that such persons were partly of divine origin - Perseus was the son of Zeus, and his mother the mortal Danae; AEneas was the son of Venus, and his father the mortal Anchises. Heroes were honoured with a cultus, generally local, and in some respects corresponding to the honour paid to Christian saints.