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….
The Great Athenian Hero
Theseus was strong, and he wanted to become a great hero like his cousin, Heracles (Hercules).
He had to travel a long road which was plagued by bandits. He killed them all.
Sinis killed people by fastening them to two pine trees bent to the ground then letting the trees go.
Procrustes placed victims on an iron bed, tied them to it, then made them fit it by either chopping off whatever made them too long or stretching them to make them longer.
When Theseus reached Athens he was invited to a banquet by the King because Theseus was an acknowledged hero.
As Medea handed the poisoned cup to Theseus, he pulled out his sword, his father recognized it, the king knocked the cup to the ground, and Medea ran away to Asia.
(She already knew Theseus was the King’s son, she just didn’t bother to tell the King.)
To punish him for disobeying him, Poseidon made Pasiphae fall madly in love with the bull.
When the Minotaur was born, (again, “YUCK!”) Minos did not kill him.
Theseus promised his father that, upon his return, he would hoist a white sail instead of the black sail the tribute ship usually flew.
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.