Cults Myths and Legends of Ancient Sicily
6. The Heroes
The distinction between heroes and gods is to be considered symbolic. In reality, it is not easy to distinguish heroes from gods, as the boundary separating the actions of the hero from those of the god is not always clear. Hercules, at least in life, was considered a hero, but after death he assumes the characteristics of a god. In fact, temples are erected to him and his cult is, therefore, similar to that of other divinities. Aristeo is a deity for Greek mythology, but in Sicily his actions are considered heroic. For Erice or the Pii Brothers, however, it is easier to speak only of heroes as there is no cult that has characteristics similar to those of other divinities.
Cults Myths and Legends of Ancient Sicily by Ignazio Caloggero