Adventures of Theseus • Greek Gods & Goddesses
Heracles and Hera had a difficult relationship. Zeus' adultery was the sole reason for Hera's unending wrath against the unfortunate Heracles. Heracles · Odysseus · Perseus · Theseus · Other Heroes According to Greek mythology, Theseus was the son of Aethra, yet his father was unknown. As soon as he made the connection, he took a firm grasp on the As soon as the man saw Theseus, he called out to him for help with a strange task. Theseus was a Greek hero in Greek mythology. One time, when Heracles visited Pittheus' kingdom and took off his lion-skin before sitting at the dinner table.
He was ordered to serve King Eurystheusa man he knew was lesser than him, and do whatever was asked of him for the following ten years.
Adventures of Theseus
It was during this time that Heracles completed his famous twelve labours. Apparently a few of his miraculous, monster killing acts were not up to scratch because he either received money or help. Once Heracles was purged of infanticide, he joined a superhero group called the Argonauts.
They searched for the Golden Fleece, conquered Troy, fought against the Gigantes and of course, rescued heroines. During one such escapade, Heracles fell in love with Princess Iole of Oechaliaan ancient Greek city. In legend like fashion, her father, King Eurytus, promised his daughter to whomever could win an archery competition against his sons. Heracles promptly triumphed, but the King did not fulfil his promise of giving away his daughter.
Instead King Eurytus and all his sons, except one named Iphitus, spurned Heracles. The demi-god then proceeded to kill them all… except Iphitus, who became his best friend.
Enter heartless Hera once more. She again drove Heracles mad and this time the hefty beast of man threw his greatest pal, Iphitus, over the city wall to his death.
And just like the last time, Heracles submitted to servitude as penalty for the killing. Eventually the queen freed Heracles and married him. Over the years Heracles continued to have extraordinary adventures. He rescued poor Prometheus from a vulture that ate his liver every day. He killed countless beasts, dragons and monsters. He had a drinking contest with Dionysus and lost.
He founded a new nation in Scythia by having relations with a half-woman, half-snake. Soon after Theseus reached adulthood, Aethra sent him to Athens. Fearing the intentions of his three brothers, he headed off to Pythia to learn from the Oracle if he will ever produce a male heir. As always, the advice was all but straightforward: On his way to Athenshowever, he did make one stop: Pittheuswise as he famously was, understood it perfectly, but chose to use the knowledge to his benefit: Nine months later, Aethra gave birth to a beautiful child: The Sword and the Sandals Because, you see, before Aegeus left Troezenhe hid his sword and a pair of sandals under a great rock.
On the Road to Athens Sending him off to AthensAethra begged Theseus to travel by sea and, thus, bypass all the dangers which, by all accounts, lay on the land-route ahead of him. Theseushowever, wanted to earn himself a reputation worthy of a formidable hero before meeting his father. And by the time he reached Athenshe had vanquished so many famous villains — each with a memorable modus operandi — that people were already eager to compare him to his childhood idol, Heracles.
Periphetes, the Club-Bearer Wielding a bronze club, Periphetes haunted the road near Epidaurus, threatening to savagely beat any traveler daring to cross paths with him. Sinis, the Pine-Bender Before leaving Peloponnese, Theseus happened upon Sinis, the Pine Bender, so called because of his notorious habit of tying casual travelers to bent-down pine trees, which, upon release, instantaneously tore in two anyone unfortunate enough to be caught by this brutish bandit.
However — and somewhat expectedly — Sinis was no match for Theseus: Either way, Theseus had no problems dealing with her as well. Sciron, the Feet-Washer Not much further, on the rocky coastal road of the Isthmus of CorinthTheseus encountered Sciron, a mighty brigand who would force passing travelers to wash his feet — only so that he is able to kick his kneeling victims off the cliffs into the sea where a giant sea turtle waited to devour them.
Recognizing the danger, once he bent down, Theseus grabbed Sciron by his foot, lifted him up, and then hurled him into the sea. The turtle got its meal either way.
Cercyon, the Wrestler Compared to the other five malefactors Theseus came across on his road to AthensCercyon of Eleusis was somewhat old school: Not a good idea when your opponent is Theseus! Needless to say, it was Cercyon who got the wrong side of the proposed bargain.
Or as a Greek poet put it in both humorous and oblique manner: As soon as Theseus had the club firmly in hand, he hit Periphetes on the head with the weapon.
The man instantly fell to the ground, and Theseus decided to keep the club for later use. This time, it was a truly giant man brandishing a fierce battle axe. He was standing along the roadside near some high cliffs, and he claimed to have dominion over the area. His name was Sciron, and he demanded a toll in order to pass, which was that Theseus had to wash his feet.
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His curiosity peaked, so Theseus asked the man what the consequences were for disobeying. Sciron replied that he would use his battle axe to cut the head from his shoulders, and he even went so far as to insult the brass club that Theseus held as a trophy from his last encounter. Theseus realized that this particular giant was the infamous beast who fed wayward travelers to the turtle by hurling them over the cliff. Further along the trail, Theseus came across a man who had a striking resemblance to Sciron.
As soon as the man saw Theseus, he called out to him for help with a strange task. He asked Theseus to help him bend down a pine tree and hold it to the ground. He introduced himself as Sinis, the Pine-Bender, and he easily bent down a full-grown pine tree and waited for Theseus to come help him.
Once Theseus had a good grip on the tree, Sinis let go and jumped away. He obviously expected the tree to sling Theseus away like a catapult, but he was not prepared for the prodigious strength of the young man.
He assumed the tree trunk had snapped, which would explain why Theseus could hold it down on his own.Miscellaneous Myths: Eros and Psyche
As he was bent over, Theseus released the tree, which snapped up and knocked Sinis out cold. By now, it was starting to get dark on the road for Theseus. Just up ahead, Theseus saw a large, bright house in the trees. It seemed like a decent enough place to stay the night, so he decided to see if the occupants would be so kind. He approached the house and knocked on the front door, and he was soon welcomed by a man who introduced himself as Procrustes.
He commented on the fatigued appearance of Theseus and offered him a magic bed that would fit anyone despite being exactly six feet long.
Fortunately, Theseus had heard of this magic before, and he knew it for the trick that it was. The bed could be made to fit anyone, but not in a way that the victim would like. Procrustes would restrain the person to the bed, and if they were too tall, he would chop off their legs to make them fit perfectly.
Theseus allowed Procrustes to take him to the room that held the bed, but as soon as they entered, Theseus forced Procrustes onto the torturous bed and sliced off his legs. The Son Returns Theseus continued through the night, and by morning he had reached Athens.
He had never in his life seen such a magnificent city, and he traveled through the streets to reach the palace of King Aegeus. At this time, King Aegeus was married to a sorceress named Medea.
She had taken control of Aegeus, and she sensed Theseus would be a threat before the young man even found their home. At the banquet, he watched as Theseus nearly drank the poisoned wine, but he slapped the cup away from Theseus at the last moment. Both father and son were overjoyed at the revelation, and the sorceress escaped on a chariot carried by winged serpents.