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Theseus-the Athenian hero

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Theseus-the Athenian hero was the mythical king and widely considered the greatest Athenian hero. He managed to politically unify Attica under the aegis of Athens

How Theseus was born?

When Aethra(Theseus’s mother) slept with King Aegeus of Athens and the sea god Poseidon in the same night, then Theseus was conceived. Aegeus left his sword and sandals under a rock and said Aethra that if she will have a son, the boy should lift the rock and claim the items when he reaches manhood as evidence of his royal parentage.

Story of Theseus

 Theseus(the Athenian hero) battled and overcame foes that were identified with an archaic religious and social order. In history, his role has been called “a major cultural transition, like the making of the new Olympia by Hercules.”

Theseus was a great hero of Attic legend. His father was Aegeus, king of Athens, and mother was Aethra, daughter of Pittheus, king of Troezen (in Argolis). Some believed that sea god, Poseidon was Theseus’s father. 

It is said the Aegeus, being childless, was allowed by Pittheus to have a child (Theseus) by Aethra. Aethra sent Theseus to Athens when he reached manhood.

On the journey, Theseus encountered many adventures. He killed Sinis by tearing them apart between two pine trees, because of that he was called the Pine Bender.

 Later he dispatched the Crommyonian sow and then flung the wicked Sciron from a cliff. Wicked Sciron had kicked his guests into the sea while they were washing his feet.

After that, he slew Procrustes, who fitted all comers to his iron bed by hacking or racking them to the right length. Theseus also killed Cercyon in Megara.

When Theseus arrived in Crete, Ariadne, King Minos’ daughter, fell in love with him. With the help of Ariadne, He finally killed Minotaur


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