CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EPIC HERO Definition of epic hero - a larger-than-life hero who embodies the values of a particular society. 1. An epic hero is superhuman. He is braver, stronger, smarter, and cleverer than an ordinary person is. 2. The epic hero is on a quest for something of great value to him or his people. 3. The villains that try to keep the hero from his quest are usually uglier, more evil, and more cunning than anyone we know in ordinary life. 4. The epic hero is often of mixed divine and human birth and so possesses human weaknesses. 5. The divine world (the gods) interferes with the human world. Also there is quite a thorough explanation of epic heroes and epic journeys on http://www.victorianweb.org/genre/epic2.html Not sure what kind of depth you need to go into. Hope that helps - and good luck!