Theseus was the son of Poseidon and King Augeus of Athens. His mother was Aethra. Since King Augeus had an unhappy brother who wanted to rule Athens after the death of King Augeus, King Augeus did not want him to find out that Theseus was his son so Theseus lived with his mother Aethra. Before King Augeus left to go back to Athens he left a sword with his initials carved into it and a pair of shoes under a big rock. He told Aethra that when she felt that Theseus was old enough she should have him try to move this rock and if he can Aethra should tell Theseus to go to Athens to meet his father. At the age of 17, Aethra finally felt that Theseus was ready to meet his father so she took him to the rock and he moved it and got the belongings underneath of it.
Sculpture of Theseus slaying the Minotaur
On Theseus's journey to Athens he came across many bandits that tried to take his life. One of these bandits he came across was Sciron. Sciron was also a son of Poseidon. He was a bandit who threaten to kill you unless you gave him your valuables and washed his feet. While you were washing his feet he would kick you off the edge of a cliff and his pet turtle Molly would eat you. Since Theseus had heard stories about Sciron he knw what to do. Theseus used philosophy to dodge Scirons kick, causing Sciron to fall down off the cliff and be eaten by his pet turtle Molly.
.When Theseus arrived in Athens he realized that he had to overcome man problems. One was that his father had no authority in Athens and the people lived in fear of the Pallantides. The Pallantides were gangs under the authority of their father Pallas. Pallas was the brother of Augeus and has wanted his brother's throne ever since Augeus had it. The Pallantides were waiting for King Augeus die so that they could battle for the throne. Another problem was that his father had a new wife- a sorceress named Medea. His father was only married to her because she promised to give him a boy son. The only problem with this was that if she found out that Theseus was his son she would kill him because she wanted to be King Augeus's wife. The third problem was that Crete has rule of Athens and makes Athens send it's 7 bravest warriors and 7 prettiest people to Crete to go down into the Labyrinth to be eaten by the half bull, half man Minotaur. Crete was ruled by an evil ruler named King Minos who did not care about the lives of these young people.
Statue of Athena (patron god of Athens)
Luckily for Theseus, there was a bull running around the outskirts of Athens, tearing up and destroying villages. Theseus noticed a sign in Athens that read "GET AN AUDIENCE WITH THE KING!* KILL THE MARATHONIAN BULL!** WIN FAME, RICHES, AND DINNER AT THE PALACE!***" Later that day, Theseus traveled out of town to the outskirts of Athens to find the bull and kill it. Theseus found the bull and killed it. This got King Augeus's attention and Theseus was invited to dinner at the palace. Unfortunately, Medea found out that Theseus was King Augeus's son and lied to the king telling him that Theseus was a Pallantide and convinced the King into putting poison into his drink. While eating, Theseus pulled out his sword and chopped his food into smaller pieces. Realizing the initials on the sword and swatted the poisoned drink off the table. He ordered the guards to arrest Medea but she had already fled the palace.
A statue of the sorceress Medea
In the morning of the next day, King Augeus traveled to a temple to thank the gods for sending Theseus. Word quickly spread about this and the Pallantides planned to kill the king. Luckily, there was Pallantide who was still loyal to the king and he warned the king about this attack. Theseus then went to the places where the Pallantides were staying until the time of the attack and Theseus killed all of the Pallantides. A month after words, the Cretan lottery rolled around and it was time to pick 7 young men and 7 young women to go to Crete. Theseus volunteered himself to go in belief that he could kill the Minotaur. King Augeus was very saddened that Theseus was going but Theseus promised he would come back alive and when he di he would have the sails white instead of the black color that was usually up when the Athenians had been killed. Theseus and 13 others sailed across the Mediterranean Sea to the Island of Crete and met the evil King Minos.
The ship sailing over to the island of Crete
While in Crete, they were locked up in prison cells until the next day and were left alone, but King Minos's daughter Ariadne fell in love with Theseus and gave him a ball of string and told him how to defeat the Minotaur. The very next day Theseus and the 13 other Athenians were thrown into the Labyrinth where the Minotaur was living. Theseus instructed the others to stay at the door and he went into the Labyrinth to kill the Minotaur. When he found the Minotaur he used Ariadne's advice and killed the Minotaur.
A drawing of Theseus standing over top of the dead Minotaur
Theseus and the 13 other Athenians sailed back to Athens along with Ariadne. Unfortunately, Ariadne was left behind on a small island named Naxos. While Theseus and the 13 other Athenians were partying, they forgot to change the color of the sails. When King Augeus saw that the sails were black, he threw himself off of the highest tower in his palace thinking that his son was dead. Theseus then took over rule of Athens for years to come because he was the son of King Augeus and was in line to become King after his death. Theseus ruled Athens for many years and did some great things but ended up making some bad decisions and became hated by the people of Athens.