Epic Heroes stamp Picture

Being such a huge fan of myths and legends, this was a stamp that I just wanted to make ^_^

In order (yes, it's alphabetical), these are the following heroes:

- Achilles - The nearly indestructible Greek warrior who fought for the Greeks in the Trojan War in Homer's "The Iliad".

- Aeneas - The Trojan warrior, whose epic quest from Troy to Latium, and founding of what would become Rome, is told in Virgil's "The Aeneid".

- Beowulf - The legendary Anglo-Saxon hero, who slayed the demonic Grendel, and became a mighty king.

- Cú Chulainn - The raging warrior-hero of Irish mythology, who has often been compared to the Greek Achilles.

- Dante - Author and main hero of "The Divine Comedy", which chronicles his spiritual journies through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven.

- Gilgamesh - The mighty king of Uruk in "The Epic of Gilgamesh", and considered by many to be the world's first epic hero.

- Hector - The warrior-prince of Troy/Illium in Homer's "The Iliad", who was eventually slain in an epic duel against Achilles (see above)

- Herakles - One of the greatest heroes of Greek mythology, most renowed for his immense strength and for completing his "Twelve Labors".

- Jason - A hero of Greek myth, who lead his crew (the Argonauts) on a perilous journey in search of the Golden Fleece.

- King Arthur - The legendary king of Camelot, and one of the most famous figures of late Roman and Medival legend.

- Odysseus - The warrior-king of Ithaca in Homer's "The Iliad", whose perilous journey home from Troy is told in "The Odyssey", Homer's second epic.

- Perseus - A hero in Greek mythology, most well known for being the slayer of the monstrous Medusa, a snake-headed beast who could turn people to stone.

- Theseus - A hero in Greek mythology, most well known for being the slayer of the Minotaur, the bull-headed beast that dwelt within the Labyrinth of Crete.

- Sigurd - A Norse hero, famous for slaying Fafnir, the fearsome dragon.

Ugh, I finally noticed that Sigurd should've come before Theseus. Dang it! Sorry guys x_x

The ending quote is a famous passage from "The Histories", by Herodotus, which I felt was fitting for the stamp. "The Histories" is an ancient piece of literature that primarily chronicles the wars that were fought in ancient Greece between the Greek city-states, and the Persian empire.

Book VII is potentially the most famous book in "The Histories", being the one that tells of the legendary Battle of Thermopylae, where several thousand free Greeks, lead by only 300 Spartans, held off hundreds of thousands of Persians, lead by the infamous King Xerxes of Persia.
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