Greek Heroic Age

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The Greek Heroic Age is defined as the period between the coming of the Greeks to Thessaly and the Greek return from Troy.1 It was demarcated as one of the five Ages of Man by Hesiod.2 The period spans roughly six generations; the heroes denoted by the term are superhuman, though not divine, and are celebrated in the literature of Homer.1

The Greek heroes can be grouped into an approximate chronology, based on the great meet-up events of the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War.

Before the Argonauts

The generation of the Argonauts

(about three generations before Troy)

The Argonauts:


The generation of Oedipus

(about two generations before Troy)

The generation of the Seven Against Thebes

(about a generation before Troy)

The generation of the Trojan War

See Trojan War and Epigoni.

The generation after the Trojan War


  1. ^ a b Thirlwall, Connop (1845). A history of Greece 1. Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans. p. 139. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Hesiod, Works and Days 156–73.

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