Heron or Heros, is the Thracian Rider God whose worship can be traced into Thrace and Lower Moesia as early as the 4th century BCE, but became later popular in Graeco-Roman Egypt as a savior God. He is identified with deities such as Asklepios, Dionysos, Horus, and Apollo and His Mysteries were associated with Demeter, Persephone, and Hekate, or potentially Balkan Goddesses who share their characteristics.
His epithets include
- Soter (savior)
- Iatros (healer)
- Epekoos (hearer of prayers)
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