If the discussion is about Greek gods, demigods and goddesses then valor, courage, war, supernatural are the words which strike our minds.
Our imagination wrap up every thought just to desire oneself as powerful half-god. And if we reach another level, then one of those traits might breach our calmness.
If anyone remembers then Alexander the great was much inspired by Homer’s renowned epic Illiad. He proudly considered himself to be Zeus’s mortal son and used to carry one copy of Illiad always with him.
Greek mythology is a dream and those heroes are characters everyone wants to play. Here are some demigods and goddesses with some myths related to their lives segregated for you to revive the essence again:
Achilles: He is famously known as ‘Trojan Hero’. There are many legends and myths related to him. He was the son of a sea nymph named Thetis and King of Myrmidons, Peleus. Achilles is famous for his bravery. One of the famous myths related to him is that Thetis once dipped Achilles in the river Styx to make him immortal. Whole body was covered except his foot, therefore he is vulnerable from his heels. Another one is of the shield of Achilles which describes every act of war.
Perseus: A demigod and son of Zeus (king of gods) and Danae a mortal. The adventures of Perseus are very famous. He was sent by King Polydectes on an impossible quest to fetch the head of Gorgon Medusa. If anyone would look directly into her eyes that person would die. In this Perseus was helped by many gods like god Hermes gave him a curved sword and winged sandals, the Greek goddess Athena gave Perseus a mirror-like shield, and the god Hades gave Perseus a helmet that made him invisible. . Perseus slew Medusa and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster and married her. Perseus gave the Medusa head to the goddess Athena.
Heracles: he is generally referred to as Hercules in Roman spellings. A son of Zeus and mortal woman named Alcmena was generally described a heavy bearded man who wore a lion’s hide and carried either a club or a bow as a weapon. He was not represented as extremely intelligent or patient, and he was prone to temper flares and irrational behavior. In fact, in one story, Heracles threatened to use his arrows to shoot the sun because he was too hot. Hera’s revenge knew no boundaries. She waited until Heracles reached adulthood to seek vengeance again. This time, she sent a temporary madness that caused Heracles to kill his own children. When he had regained his sanity, he was overcome with grief. To atone for his crimes, he was sentenced to complete twelve labors. These tasks included:
- killing the Nemean Lion (whose skin was impenetrable)
- defeating the Hydra (an enormous snake with many heads)
- capturing the golden Hind (deer)
- hunting the Erymanthian boar
- cleaning the Augean stables in one day
- killing the Stymphalian birds
- capturing the bull of Crete
- stealing the mares of Diomedes
- obtaining the girdle of Hippolyta (Amazon Queen)
- stealing the cattle of Geryon
- stealing the apples of Herperides
- capturing Cerberus (guard dog of the underworld)
Helen: She is the only female demigod who is famous . Beautiful Helen was the daughter of the Greek god Zeus and Leda who was the wife of wife of Tyndareus, the king of Sparta. According to Greek mythology Leda was seduced by Zeus, who visited her in the form of a swan, A famous poem is based on this (Leda and the Swan) which resulted in Helen who was the reason for Trojan War. Helen married Menelaus the, king of Sparta, the younger brother of Agamemnon. Prince Paris of Troy abducted Helen and took her to Troy, which started the nine year Trojan War.
Theseus: Theseus was a demigod and a son of Poseidon and Aethra. Theseus slew many legendary villains, including Sinis, Sciron, and Procrustes. But his greatest triumph was in killing the Minotaur that was owned by King Minos of Crete and kept in a labyrinth at Knossos. The Minotaur was a fierce monster, half man and half bull. Theseus was imprisoned in Hades until Hercules rescued him. The demigod Theseus was treacherously murdered by King Lycomede.