Theseus's Travels Grace Lauer

Theseus was a hero. Obviously, or you wouldn't be reading this. But he really was skilled at killing things. His most famous tale, though, was when he slayed the vicious Minotaur in the land of Crete and the treacherous journey he went through to get there.
See, Theseus lived with his mother in Troezen for seventeen years until he proved that he was worthy to seek out his presumable father, King Aegeus of Athens. He pulled out the items that his father had left him under a huge boulder, thus proving his nobility.
Theseus met and battled many foes, including Procrustes, who was a murderous lunatic. He was a tall, muscular mortal who owned a two-bed inn. If you were too large for the small bed, Procrustes would chop off any appendages hanging off. If you were too small for the large bed, he'd stretch you out with tight leather straps. You'd either die from blood loss or elongation. Like I said, murderous lunatic!
Theseus tricked Procrustes into his own trap by knocking him unconscious and killing him in the smaller bed, the same way he had already done to so many others. This action ultimately killed him. Talk about getting a taste of your own medicine!
After that, Theseus continued on his way, stopping to kill the occasional monster or psychopath. And after a few more days, Theseus finally arrived in Athens, where he would meet his father!
His father, the king, was overjoyed to see his long-lost son and threw a feast in his honor. They only spent a little while together, before Theseus heard about the annual sacrifice to the terrifying Minotaur that lived in the labyrinth of Crete. Theseus was mortified!
He boldly volunteered as tribute, and his father reluctantly agreed to let him go. But if he survived, his father made him promise to change the black sails of the ship to white, a symbol that Theseus was alive. Our hero concurred and set off with thirteen others being sacrificed to the island of Crete.
On his visit, he met Princess Ariadne of Crete, who fell head-over-heels in love with him. She told him how to defeat the Minotaur, and he gave her a thanks and a friendly pat on the shoulder.
Ariadne instructed him to take a ball of string to help guide him out of the labyrinth. And she told him the Minotaur's real name; Asterion. Theseus only took the string and a sword with him. When he and the other sacrifices were thrown into the labyrinth, Theseus saw the Minotaur for the first time . . . (DUN DUN DUN)
Half-bull. Half-man. All beast. It bellowed loudly at Theseus and charged at him. When its horn sliced across his chest, he realized that this fiend was more intelligent and strong than the others. But the next time it charged, Theseus was ready. He sliced off one of its horns and it let out a wailing peal. Before it could charge again, however, Theseus murmured, "Asterion." The Minotaur froze. Whimpered. And when Theseus stabbed it with its own horn, it laid down and quietly died in peace.
Theseus and the others being sacrificed quickly left the labyrinth and headed back to Athens. But in the chaos, Theseus forgot to change the sails. When his father thought that Theseus had not returned, he hurled himself off of a cliff and died.
Theseus was totally bummed, but ascended the throne and became the new king of Athens.

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Created with images by Shamanic Shift - "GreenLabyrinth.jpg" • werner22brigitte - "castle middle ages sublime" • Robin Iversen - "Troezen" • Prayitno / Thank you for (12 millions +) view - "Standard Room with Ocean View Balcony" • Hotel Las Mariposas Oaxaca - "bedroom" • jandenouden - "temple zeus athens" • Herb@Victoria - "Tivoli" • primadruk - "sea port golden sands" • herbert2512 - "crete greece spinalonga" • Muffet - "ball of string" • Ruth and Dave - "Minotaur without a hare" • kekko64 - "All blacks" • Kristoffer Trolle - "Lady sitting in front of Parthenon on Acropolis, Athens, Greece"

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