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Theseus. The Great Athenian Hero. He was the son of Athenian King, Aegeus. He spent his youth in his mother’s homeland in southern Greece. Aegeus left for Greece before his son was born. The test….

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Theseus

Theseus

The Great Athenian Hero



The test
The test…

  • Aegeus placed a sword and a pair of shoes in a hollow and covered them with a large rock. He told his wife that whenever the boy grew strong enough to roll the stone away and get the things, she could send him to Athens to claim him as his father.

  • A daughter would not have had this option.




Some people who theseus took care of
Some people who He killed them all.Theseus “took care” of

  • Sciron made those he captured kneel to wash his feet then he kicked them into the sea. Theseus hurled him off a precipice.






The back story
The back story… his sword, his father recognized it, the king knocked the cup to the ground, and Medea ran away to Asia.

  • Many years ago the son of the ruler of Crete, King Minos, died while visiting the Athenian King.

  • Prince Androgeus went on a dangerous expedition to kill a dangerous bull.

  • Minos invaded Athens and required a tribute of seven youths and seven maidens every nine years. They were going to be Minotaur snacks.


More back story
More back story… his sword, his father recognized it, the king knocked the cup to the ground, and Medea ran away to Asia.

  • The Minotaur was half man and half bull. He was the offspring of Minos’ wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully handsome bull.

  • Poseidon gave Minos a bull to sacrifice to him, but Minos couldn’t bear to sacrifice it so he kept it for himself.






Thesesus arrival
Thesesus hoist a white sail instead of the black sail the tribute ship usually flew.’ arrival

As soon as Theseus arrived in Crete, he and the other young Athenians were marched into the Labyrinth.

King Minos’s daughter, Ariadne, took one look at Theseus and fell in LOVE.

She went to Daedalus and asked him to help her get Theseus safely through the Labyrinth.



The promise
The promise… hoist a white sail instead of the black sail the tribute ship usually flew.

  • Ariadne went to Theseus and promised to help him ecape if he would only promise to take her to Athens and make her his wife.

  • He said, “Yes.”


The big but
The big “but” hoist a white sail instead of the black sail the tribute ship usually flew.

  • He left her on the island of Naxos for some reason.

  • She was heartbroken. She did eventually find love, though. She married Dionysus.


Oops… hoist a white sail instead of the black sail the tribute ship usually flew.

  • Theseus forgot to change the sail from black to white. His father saw the black sail on the horizon and threw himself off a cliff into the sea.

  • The Aegean Sea is named in honor of Aegeus.


Now that theseus is king
Now that hoist a white sail instead of the black sail the tribute ship usually flew.theseus is king

  • He decided he would prefer a people’s government where all citizens are equal. He turned Athens into a commonwealth, and all villages in the territory became part of the Athenian state.

  • Theseus was the commander-in-chief.

  • Athens prospered under his leadership.


He marries
He marries hoist a white sail instead of the black sail the tribute ship usually flew.

  • He attacks the Amazons and marries their queen.

  • They had a son named Hippolytus.

  • Amazons invaded Athens, but were unsuccessful. No one else invaded as long as Theseus lived.


Facts
Facts: hoist a white sail instead of the black sail the tribute ship usually flew.

  • Son of the Aegeus-King of Thebes

  • Rock test

  • Bandits and Minotaur

  • Pasiphae/Crete

  • Daedalus/Labyrinth

  • Sails

  • Amazon wife

  • Ariadne


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