Theseus and Minotaur
Athens after a long war with king Minos of Krete, was
forced to make a treaty, paying as a tribute every nine years, seven
maidens and seven youths, who were sacrificed to the Minotaur, a beast
with the body of a man and the head of the bull.
In Krete, Theseus met Ariadne, who fell in love with him. Ariadne helped Theseus to kill the Minotaur, advising him to use a ball of string before entering the Labyrinth, where the Minotaur was living. This was a building with complicated corridors, from which nobody could not find his way out, work of the famous architect Daidalos. Theseus tied the string at the entrance of the labyrinth and with a sword which Ariadne gave him, entered the labyrinth and killed the Minotaur.
Taking the Athenian youths with him and Ariadne left during the night and
sailed to Athens.
From Naxos Theseus sailed to Athens, but he forgot to change the black sails with the white ones. When his father saw the ship entering the Cape of Sounion with the black sails, he fell from the cliffs into the sea and from that time the sea took his name, Aegaeon.
Theseus and the Amazons
Theseus accompanied Herakles in the expedition to take the belt of Hippolyte. Theseus fall in love with the Amazon Antiope, whom later took to Greece and had a son with her, Hippolytos. Later the Amazons came to Athens for revenge, where a battle took place and they were defeated. Antiope who fought at the side of her husband Theseus was killed.
The battle of Lapiths and Centaurs
In the marriage of his friend Perithous with Deiadameia, guests were also the Centaurs, who after getting drunk became insolent by laying hands on the women of the Lapiths. Theseus and Perithous killed many of them on the spot and the rest defeated in a battle later and driven out of the country.
Theseus in Hades
When Theseus reached the age of fifty years old,
decided with his friend Perithous who had lost his wife, to marry again.
At first, they went to Sparta, where they kidnapped the beautiful Helen
and then went to Hades to take Persephone. But Pluto tricked them and made
them sit on the throne of Lethe, where it was impossible to escape. Theseus was lucky, because soon after Herakles descended to Hades and set
Theseus was assassinated in the island of Skyros, by his friend king Lykomedes, who threw him off the cliffs.
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