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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. 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

  • Aeacus
  • Agenor and Phoenix
  • Cadmus
  • Europa
  • Cilix
  • Labdacus
  • Tantalus
  • Oenomaeus
  • Perseus
  • Aegeus, father of Theseus
  • Pittheus

The generation of the Argonauts

(about three generations before Troy)

The Argonauts:

  • Atalanta
  • Autolycus
  • Calais
  • Castor and Pollux
  • Echion
  • Euphemus
  • Euryalus
  • Heracles
  • Hylas
  • Idas
  • Idmon
  • Jason
  • Laertes
  • Lynceus
  • Meleager
  • Nestor
  • Oileus
  • Orpheus
  • Peleus
  • Poeas
  • Polyphemus
  • Poriclymenus
  • Telamon
  • Theseus
  • Tiphys
  • Zetes
  • Medea

Others:

  • Pelops
  • Hippodamia
  • Laius
  • Minos
  • Rhadymanthus
  • Sarpedon
  • Myrtilus

The generation of Oedipus

(about two generation before Troy)

  • Plisthenes
  • Atreus
  • Thyestes
  • Chrysippus
  • Copreus
  • Oedipus
  • Creon
  • Laodamia

The generation of the Seven Against Thebes

(about a generation before Troy)

  • Adrastus
  • Amphiaraus
  • Capaneus
  • Hippomedon
  • Parthenopeus
  • Polynices
  • Tydeus
  • Adrastus
  • Creon
  • Megareus
  • Poriclymenus
  • Melanippus
  • Polyphontes
  • Hyperbius
  • Actor
  • Lasthenes
  • Antigone
  • Ismene

The generation of the Trojan War

See Trojan War and Epigoni.

The generation after the Trojan War

  • Orestes
  • Electra
  • Telemachus
  • Neoptolemus
  • Ascanius

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Thirlwall, Connop (1845). A history of Greece. 1. Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans. pp. 139. http://books.google.com/books?id=KrooAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA139. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 

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