Hero in Wikipedia

A hero (heroine for females) (Ancient Greek: ἥρως, hḗrōs), in Greek mythology and folklore, was originally a demigod, their cult being one of the most distinctive features of ancient Greek religion.[1] Later, hero (male) and heroine (female) came to refer to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice-that is, heroism-for some greater good of all humanity. This definition originally referred to martial courage or excellence but extended to more general moral excellence. Stories of heroism may serve as moral examples. In classical antiquity, hero cults-veneration of deified heroes such as Heracles, Perseus, and Achilles-played an important role in Ancient Greek religion. Politicians, ancient and modern, have employed hero worship for their own apotheosis (i.e., cult of personality)...

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Hero in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology

(Ἥρω), the name of three mythical personages, one a daughter of Danaus (Hyg. Fab. 170), the second a daughter of Priam (Hyg. Fab. 90), and respecting the third, see LEANDER. - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

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