"Your lineage has left a stamp upon your looks; you are the sons of kings"

In Homeric society, heroes are usually kings or princes (basileis), and always rich, important members of the elite. Their status is instantly evident to anyone, as they are taller, stronger and more handsome than normal men. Although there is probably some truth here (those who can afford better food, weapons and training will naturally be bigger and better fighters), this is probably more to do with a need to elevate the social elite, to justify their position over other men, as well as the tribute they would receive from their subjects. Epic poetry such as The Odyssey was most likely composed for the elite, with their interests in mind, to be performed at banquets like those described in this poem.