What Are Some Examples of an Epic Hero?

Epic heroes from literature, who were more courageous and powerful than ordinary mortals, include Achilles, Perseus, Hercules, Odysseus and Beowulf. Achilles led the Greek army to success during the Trojan War to reclaim Helen for his brother Menelaus. Perseus, son of a mortal woman and the king of the Greek gods, Zeus, managed to beheaded Medusa, the Gorgon with snakes for hair. Anyone viewing her head turned to stone.