Many Greek myths focus on the marvellous achievements of heroes who possessed physical strength, sharp wits, virtue, and a sense of honour. These heroes often had a god for a father and a human for a mother.
One cycle of myths concerns the hero Hercules-Zeus's son by a mortal princess-renowned for his strength and for completing 12 remarkable feats.
Unlike other heroes, who died and were buried, Hercules eventually became immortal and was worshiped as a god by both Greeks and Romans.
Other heroes include Perseus, who killed the serpent-haired Medusa and rescued a princess from a sea monster,
Theseus, who defeated the man-eating Minotaur of Crete,
Jason, who led a band of adventurers to capture the Golden Fleece, Achilles, a mighty warrior of the Trojan War, and Odysseus, who fought at Troy and afterward faced many challenges from gods, men, and monsters during his long journey home.
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