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date: 08 August 2020

hero‐cult 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
Author(s):
John RobertsJohn Roberts

Heroes were a class of beings worshipped by the Greeks, generally conceived as the powerful dead, and often as forming a class intermediate between gods and men. Not until the 8th cent. do hero‐cults become widespread and normal. The cult paid to heroes cannot be sharply distinguished from that paid to gods.... ...

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