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 their army. By the time of his ill-fated duel with the best of the Achaeans, he had survived an earlier duel with Achilles (mentioned briefly in Book 9), one with ...
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 Pandavas), making them 50% divine. But the case of Gilgamesh is slightly different. Rather than being half-divine, Gilgamesh is in fact two-thirds divine.
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 or unclear heritage, which may be Zeus', but may not.
Perseus, son of Danae, who went on to behead Medusa and save Andromeda. Conceived when Zeus was in the ...
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 wished to become immortal. Endowed with superhuman strength, courage, and power, he appeared in numerous legends and myths, including the Epic of Gilgamesh.
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 of gods siring children with mortals crops up in many different cultures.
Just a few examples (obviously, I am making no attempt at being exhaustive):
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 [Epic of Gilgamesh]
Agamemnon at Aulis is terrified that if he doesn't sacrifice his daughter, the Achaeans will murder him. (Achilles might be considered afraid ...
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 confused with the more famous tragic one who was the daughter of the Lydian king Tantalos [Tantalus]. The Lydian Niobe lived about eight generations after the ...
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 men of great renown. That much is in common with the Greek tradition of heroes of divine heritage.
However, the Greek heroes (not all of whom were demi-gods in ...
Presumably, by "the lion", you are referring to the Nemean Lion.
The poet Theocritus addresses this precise issue in the 25th of his Idylls. In it, Heracles (whom the Romans called Hercules) is narrating to his friend Phyleus an account of how he vanquished this creature.
After Heracles had, in vain, shot at the beast with arrows, the vexed ...
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 the character he was considered a coward (losing to Athena mostly, this is because she picks her sides carefully and thinks her every move through thoroughly.) , ...
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 being.
The Ancient Greek hēmítheos and the Latin semideus, from which we get the English "demigod," does literally mean "half-god," but this ...
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 besides Yahweh was (and is) prohibited because only Yahweh has and deserves the rank of being divine. Keep these things in mind.
A demigod is, according to ...
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 predate the heroes of the Trojan war.
Minos, along with Rhadamanthus and Sarpedon, is a child of Europa, a Phoenician princess and great, great granddaughter of ...
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 to her hatred at Zeus' interactions with Heracles' mother (a mortal woman).
The story of Heracles' death begins with a centaur who attempted to kidnap Heracles'...
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-down Ka-symbol inside, which renders "Sekhen".
Sekhen means "to grasp, to hold". Ka means "to embrace". Because the up/down reading ...
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 during Herakles' participation in the Olympic Games, the hero is said to have "won victories at wrestling and the pankration." The Roman writer Hyginus seems ...
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 incomplete (most probably):
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 offspring of the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men" before the Deluge, according to Genesis 6:1-4.
A similar or identical biblical Hebrew term, read ...
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 particular also established the first laws ever used in Greece. Diodorus Siculus says that Rhadamanthys possessed "great justice", and that Minos "ruled wholly ...
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, and sleeps in the same bed as them. After nine months, a boy is born, of which we are told a bit of his history, his marriage to a suitable girl, and the ...
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 were mistresses or one night stands.
This is all without going in to some of the more curious reproductive methods.
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 (yeah this is OLD) and disappears in 3O BC with Cleopatra VII Philator (THE Cleopatra). Egypt will know 3 different eras (old/Middle/new Kindom) and different ...
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, none other than Herakles
[Hercules] himself. In the clearest reference to this story, the daimon's name is Epiales; and apparently after the confrontation, ...
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 from Apollodorus that describes Ephialtes, a leader of the giants in the Gigantomachy, vanquised at the hands of Apollo and Heracles:
"But in the battle ...
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 equivalent of the Igigi, the celestial Gods created by the Seven Annuna representing the hypostasis of planets in the Solar System, that centuries later merged into ...
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). I can't recall any myths that mention, for example, a demigod dramatically outliving their non-demigod spouses, the way that Arwen is foretold to outlive ...
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 sister, hatched from a different egg, but who grows up separately from him. [For the whole story, see the section A Dragon Princess and the Kingdoms of Burma ...
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, that the reconstructions are most likely reasonably accurate.
The existence of any universal common bits, with relatively common names, shows that the people of ...
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 (Elohim) presides.... Ps 82:6 I said You are gods (elohim). 1 Sam 28:13 The king said to her, “Do not be afraid; but what do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I ...