Hero/Heroine

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A mortal who `lives on' only inasmuch as he/she is deemed to be residing in Hades or the Islands of the Blessed where he/she may still be influential and so attract worship (see Heroon). Some are legendary figures of myth, kings or the children of gods. Mortals such as lawgivers or founders of colonies were `heroised' and from the 5th century on the implication of `heroisation' for a distinguished mortal after death became more common. Heroines have a similar role but must be distinguished from Nymphs and Maenads.