Theseus, Greek mythology and Greek history

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Theseus is a hero of Greek myth and there was many tales wrote about him. There is now proof of a real King Theseus, who is credited with building Athens into the center of power in Greece that it is. Read on to find out all about Theseus.

Theseus and his tales

Mythology is a rich subject, with ancient stories we can neither prove or disprove. There are many great hero's in mythology. One such hero is Theseus, who is written of in many different Greek myths. In these ancient myths, Theseus does become the King of Attica in Greece. And what a fact, that historians have now proved the real existence of a King Theseus.

Legend has it that Theseus was the secret son of King Acgeus. Theseus was kept away from Attica as a child in order to keep him safe. His father was worried that his enemies would get Theseus, and claim the throne for themselves. When Theseus grew he headed straight back home to Attica, to claim the throne which was rightfully his. The legend says that Theseus chose the longest route he could find, for his journey back home. He did this to put himself through many dangers so to prove himself worthy. When Theseus finally reached Attica, his step mother had tried to poison him. But as luck would have it, his father realized who he was just in the nick of time.

There are lots of tales written about Theseus. Like the tale which tells of a thug with a mighty bronze plated club, trying to kill him. Despite his best effort he could not kill Theseus, and Theseus took his mighty club and used it for the rest of his days. Theseus although a hero, was very tough. He was known for punishing criminals. He would even go as far as using the criminals own evil methods back on them. There was one criminal who would tie innocent people up to two bent, young trees. When the trees sprang back up, they would rip the person apart. Theseus caught this criminal and tied him to the tree, needless to say you can guess what happend next.

King Minos

King Minos of Crete was a mighty King in Theseus's time. Each year he would send for one human sacrifice, Theseus being the hero he is volunteered to go. When he reached King Mino in Crete, he was thrown down into a labyrinth. Where a terrifying bull headed man named Minotaur, waited to kill and eat him. Instead Theseus kills him, and escapes the labyrinth with the help of King Mino's daughter Ariadne. She helped Theseus because she had fallen in love with him.

Ancient truths

Ancient myths including them of Theseus are supposed to be just that, myth. It is funny just how many myths have actually ended up being true, or at least found to have a lot of truth to them. Archaeologist have now found an ancient royal palace in Crete. And there more, the palace is laid out like a maze. Also there is even proof of a strange and dangerous sport that was played, it was similar to bull fighting.

Attica was to become Athens, the Capital of Greece. Historians do now credit Theseus with turning Athens into an important Greek center of power. One thing this story proves is that not all mythology is made up, there seems to be a lot of truth in the legends of Theseus.

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author avatar Retired
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Stories grow in the telling, especially when they are handed down verbally. We can imagine how minstrels and story-tellers would try to outdo each other with stories of the exploits of past heroes, and how each embellishment would became part of the "truth" that the next generation would take on board. Distinguishing fact from fiction is always difficult under such circumstances.

One must also remember that one function of myth is to explain why things are as they are - and this can apply not only to the forces of nature but to such matters as why the royal palace at Minos had such a complicated layout. There may well have been a very mundane reason for the "labyrinth", but the invention of the Minotaur and the actions of a hero in defeating it made for a good fireside story.

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author avatar micheal
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Maybe Minotaur was King Mino with a lust for blood and a bulls helmet, then maybe like you said it has been embellished over the years into an interesting story for people to share. Thanks for the comment John.

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author avatar M G Singh
24th Dec 2014 (#)

I like such tales. Thank you

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author avatar micheal
24th Dec 2014 (#)

thanks for reading Madan

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Intersting post Micheal!

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author avatar micheal
24th Dec 2014 (#)

thanks fern

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