Deified Mortals

Hercules & OmphaleThe Grecian Pantheon includes heroes and heroines who were born mortals and later elevated to godhood through a process which the Greeks termed apotheosis which means deification. Some of these received the reward and honor for their contributions to mankind. Others through service or marriage to gods. Still others, by luck, chance, or good fortune.


The Deified Mortals were:

  • Aeacus
  • Aeolus
  • Alabandus
  • Amphiaraus
  • Ariadne
  • Aristaeus
  • Asclepius
  • Attis
  • Autonoe
  • Bolina
  • Britomartis
  • Daemones Golden
  • Daemones Silver
  • Dionysus
  • Dioscuri - Castor was famous for taming and managing horses, and Pollux for his skill in boxing. They were united by the warmest affection, and inseparable in all their enterprises.
  • Endymion
  • Epaphus
  • Epione
  • Ganymede  (a.k.a. Ganymedes) - The son of Tros by Calirrhoë, and a brother of Ilus and Assaracus. Being the most beautiful of all mortals, he was carried off by the gods that he might fill the cup of Zeus, and live among the eternal gods. The manner in which he was carried away state that Zeus himself carried him off, either in his natural shape, or in the form of an eagle.
  • Glaucus
  • Hecaerge
  • Helen
  • Helle
  • Hemithea
  • Heracles
  • Hyacinthus
  • Iasion
  • Io
  • Leucippides
  • Leucothea
  • Loxo
  • Minos
  • Oreithyia
  • Oupis
  • Palaemon
  • Parthenos
  • Phaethon
  • Phylonoe
  • Polyboea
  • Psykhe
  • Rhadamanthys
  • Sisyphus
  • Tantalus
  • Tennes
  • Thyone
  • Tithonus
  • Triptolemus
  • Trophonius



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