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Have powerful mythological heroes ever run away or been deeply afraid?

Hector's last fight A prime example is Hector trying to flee Achilles during their final duel in Book 22 of the Iliad. Hector was a celebrated warrior, the greatest of the Trojans and commander of ...
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How do we know that Gilgamesh was a demigod?

In general, English "demigod" refers to a person who is partially divine and partially human. Most typically, this refers to someone who has one divine and one human parent (like Hercules, or the ...
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How many sons did Zeus father through mortal women?

There is a list of offspring of Zeus on Wikipedia. To avoid simply repeating it, I've tried to add more detail. This list is not complete, as they are many "possible offspring", and many with confused ...
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How do we know that Gilgamesh was a demigod?

The definition for demigod differs from culture to culture. But the definition of demigod, which can be used here in the case of Gilgamesh would be "half-god". Gilgamesh was a Sumerian king who ...
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Which mythologies had demigods?

The word "Demigod" does not necessarily refer to the offspring of a god and a mortal. It's also used to refer to deified mortals, or even just minor deities. Word choice aside, yes, the phenomenon ...
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Have powerful mythological heroes ever run away or been deeply afraid?

This is just an initial list--I'll have to return when I have more time to provide references to source material, and will likely be expanding the list. Enkidu frozen with fear in the Cedar forest [...
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Who was Zeus' first child conceived with a mortal?

Argos (and his brother Pelasgos) According to Apollodorus, Hyginus, and Diodorus Siculus, the first mortal consort of Zeus was a princess named Niobe, daughter of Phoroneus. (This Niobe is not to be ...
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Are the Nephilim the demi-gods of the bible?

It depends what you mean by "demi-god". They are of somewhat divine origin, by most understandings of "sons of God" (ancient Hebrew sources identify them with angels of some description). They were ...
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How did Hercules kill the lion without being clawed to death?

Presumably, by "the lion", you are referring to the Nemean Lion. The Wrestler The poet Theocritus addresses this precise issue in the 25th of his Idylls. In it, Heracles (whom the Romans called ...
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How long do demigods live for?

Definitions Presumably by "demigods" you are referring to the relatively modern term as taken to denote a character from Greco-Roman mythology who is the offspring of a deity and of a human ...
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After Triptolemus being added to Hades' jury, is Minos the most important judge?

From Plato's Gorgias, page 524: οὗτοι οὖν ἐπειδὰν τελευτήσωσι, δικάσουσιν ἐν τῷ λειμῶνι, ἐν τῇ τριόδῳ ἐξ ἧς φέρετον τὼ ὁδώ, ἡ μὲν εἰς μακάρων νήσους, ἡ δ᾽ εἰς Τάρταρον. καὶ τοὺς μὲν ἐκ τῆς ...
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Have powerful mythological heroes ever run away or been deeply afraid?

Ares the god of war Although in literature Ares represents the violent and physical untamed aspect of war, the last thing you would think is that the god of war is a coward. In Homer's version of ...
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Are the Nephilim the demi-gods of the bible?

In accordance with both Jewish and Christian theology, there is only 1 God - Yahweh - who is the creator of everything: angels, people, animals, the universe, earth, etc. Worship of anything or anyone ...
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Are there any Demigods who became gods of their own power?

Heracles is one of the most famous characters in Greek Mythology who transcended from being a demigod to a god. Throughout his life, Heracles faced constant trials, many of them concocted by Hera due ...
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Who was Zeus' first child conceived with a mortal?

I'm going to propose: Minos, King of Crete The reason is that he is a contemporary of Theseus' father, King Aegeus, and Theseus was in the first generation of heroes, which includes Herakles, who ...
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Was Eurystheus a lover of Heracles? Did Heracles have any other male lovers?

Heracles had a number of male lovers. Plutarch's Dialogue sur l'amour (Eroticos) mentions that the number of Heracles' male lovers were beyond counting. Hence, the list of lovers presented here is ...
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Are the Nephilim the demi-gods of the bible?

Are the Nephilim the demi-gods of the bible? Impossible to say, but I doubt it. Let us start by seeing who the Nephilim of the Scripture may truly be: The Nephilim (Hebrew: נְפִילִים) were the ...
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Are there any gods or similar beings other than Nemesis that laid eggs?

Yes. A really close fit, fulfilling all of your criteria in one narrative is the origin of a Burmese king called Pyusawhti, who is hatched from a dragon's egg and raised by peasants. Pyusawhti has a ...
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Which Greek heroes used pankration?

Herakles' Opponent(s) I have not found any ancient references to the idea that Herakles [Heracles] invented pankration [pancratium]. Pausanias' Description of Greece 5.8.4, however, does mention that ...
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Do any ancient sources describe Set as a mortal? And could Set be Sekhen?

Seth and Sekhen/Ka are completely unrelated names & meanings. Below are the names of Ka (left) and his queen Ha (right): There are also inscriptions presenting an upright serekh with an upside-...
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(credible) Online Sources on Epiales, the Greek Spirit of Nightmares

BASICS The most prevalent version of his name in literature across time thus far is Ephialtes. There seems to be a lost myth in which he does indeed get into a fight with and is defeated by a hero, ...
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(credible) Online Sources on Epiales, the Greek Spirit of Nightmares

Here's a link to the Aeschylus mention in Suppliant Women. Unfortunately, it's a single line with little detail. (In the Greek text, Epiales aka "Dark Dream", is ὄναρ μέλαν".) Here is a passage ...
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Are the Nephilim the demi-gods of the bible?

Nephilim are Enoch's version of the Mesopothamian corpora. Given that Enoch lived in the 3rd century before modern era he had no clue to whom he was referring to: Nephilim are the hebrew language ...
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Why are the three Judges of the Underworld Zeus's sons?

Why These Persons? Within the story the explanation is that these men, when they were alive in the upper world, conducted their affairs with especial attention to fairness. Minos and Rhadamanthys in ...
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Demigods in Norse Mythology?

They mostly had children of their own. The most famous such coupling is that of Rígsþula, which tells the story of how Heimdall, calling himself Rig, visits the homes of three different human couples,...
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Most gods in Egyptian pantheons are with animal faces?

Here, there are confusions, things we can answer and things which we cannot. Greeks and Egyptians Both Greeks and Egyptians are civilizations from the antique time. But: Egypt runs from 3000 BC (...
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Were all the sons of Zeus brothers of all the godly sons and daughters of Zeus?

The Demigods and the Godly offspring of Zeus would be half-siblings. The title step-mother comes by marriage, at the very least in the common law sense, however most of Zeus's special lady friends ...
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Were Ancient Europeans religious?

There has been a fair bit of work put into Proto-Indo-European religion construction. Some of it is of course arguable, but a lot of it is well-attested enough, and unique enough to Indo-Europeans, ...
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How long do demigods live for?

In the absence of any statements to the contrary, I think it is safe to assume that demigods have normal human lifespans for people of their rank and profession (i.e. Bronze Age soldiers and royalty). ...
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Are the Nephilim the demi-gods of the bible?

Nephilim can be called demigods. The sons of gods are also referred to as gods by God in Ps 82:6. The word god describes where a being resides not a name. God is elohim in hebrew. In Ps 82:1 God (...
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