Heroes And Heroines In Greek Mythology - Essay

Heroes And Heroines In Greek Mythology

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

G. S. Kirk (essay date 1974)

SOURCE: "The Heroes," in The Nature of Greek Myths, Penguin Books, 1974, pp. 145-75.

[In the following essay, Kirk asserts that the narrative complexity of hero myths is much greater than that of the divine myths. He then classifies hero myths as those related to older heroes (in myths set in a "timeless past long before the Trojan War"), those related to younger heroes (in myths set at a time close to or during the Trojan War), and those concerned with "definitely historical figures."]

Powerful as some of the divine myths are, it is the hero myths that constitute the most prominent and varied side of Greek...

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