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 from 1200-750 B.C.E.[3] 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[edit]

The generation of the Argonauts[edit]

(about three generations before Troy)

The Argonauts:


The generation of Oedipus[edit]

(about two generations before Troy)

The generation of the Seven Against Thebes[edit]

(about a generation before Troy)

The generation of the Trojan War[edit]

See Trojan War and Epigoni.

The generation after the Trojan War[edit]


  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.
  3. ^ Fiero, Gloria K. (2011). The Humanistic Tradition. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. pp. 80–81. ISBN 9780073523972. 

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