Greek myths: The age of heroes
The mythical age in which the ancient Greek heroes such as Heracles and Achilles lived is known as the heroic age, or the age of heroes. The epic poetry created stories clustered around heroes and events and established the family relationships between the heroes of different stories creating a sequence of events.
After the rise of the hero cult, gods and heroes constitute the sacral sphere and are invoked together in oaths and prayers which are addressed to them. In contrast to the age of gods, during the heroic age the roster of heroes is never given fixed and final form; great gods are no longer born, but new heroes can always be created. An important difference between the hero cult and the cult of gods is that people in a specific location can idientify with a local hero who then becomes the centre of the local group identity.
The story of Heracles and his 12 labours are regarded as the dawn of the age of heroes. Other important events of this age include: the Argonautic expedition, the Theban Cycle, and the Trojan War.
Here’s a list of popular Greek myths of the heroic age: