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Ariadne and Theseus (ariadne33.jpg--290x302)

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May 30, 2003

Theseus was the son of Aegeus, king of Athens, and of Aethra, daughter of the king of Troezen. He was brought up at Troezen.

Aegeus parted from Aethra before the birth of his son. However, he had placed his sword and shoes under a large stone, and directed her to send his son to Athens when he became strong enough to roll away the stone and to take them from under it. When she thought the time had come, his mother led Theseus to the stone, and he removed it with ease, and took the sword and shoes.

As the roads were infested with robbers, his grandfather pressed him earnestly to take the shorter and safer way to his father’s country, by sea. But the youth, feeling in himself the spirit and the soul of a hero, decided to take the more perilous and adventurous journey by land and to challenge the evil-doers and monsters that oppressed the country for so long.

His first day’s journey brought him to Epidaurus, where dwelt a man named Periphetes, a son of Vulcan. This ferocious savage always went armed with a club of iron, and all travellers stood in terror of his violence. When he saw Theseus approach, he assailed him, but speedily fell beneath the blows of the young hero, who took possession of his club, and bore it ever afterwards as a memorial of his first victory.

Several similar contests with the petty tyrants and marauders of the country followed, in all of which Theseus was victorious. One of these evil-doers was called Procrustes, or the Stretcher. He had an iron bedstead, on which he used to tie all travellers who fell into his hands. If they were shorter than the bed, he stretched their limbs to make them fit it. If they were longer than the bed, he lopped off a portion. Instead of being served by this naughty fellow, Theseus served him as the evil-doer had served others.

Having overcome all the perils of the road, Theseus at length reached Athens, where new dangers awaited him. Medea, the sorceress, who had fled from Corinth after her separation from Jason, had become the wife of Aegeus, the father of Theseus. At once Media knew by her arts of magic who he was, and feared the loss of her influence with her husband, if Theseus was acknowledged as his son. Therefore, she filled the mind of Aegeus with suspicions of the young stranger, and induced him to present him a cup of poison.

When Theseus stepped forward to take it, Aegeus recognized the sword which Theseus wore. Suddenly, Aegeus stopped him to drink it. Medea fled once more from deserved punishment, and arrived in Asia, where the country afterwards called Media received its name from her.

Aegeus acknowledged the youth, and declared him his successor. The Athenians were at that time in deep affliction, on account of the tribute which they were forced to pay to Minos, king of Crete. This tribute consisted of seven youths and seven maidens, who were sent every year to be devoured by the Minotaur, a monster with a bull’s body and a human head. It was exceedingly strong and fierce, and was kept in a labyrinth constructed by Daedalus, so artfully contrived that whoever was enclosed in it could by no means find his way out unassisted. Here the Minotaur roamed, and was fed with human victims.

Theseus resolved to deliver his countrymen from this calamity, or to die in the attempt. Accordingly, when the time of sending off the tribute came, and the youths and maidens were, according to custom, drawn by lot to be sent, he offered himself as one of the victims, in spite of the entreaties of his father. The ship departed under black sails, as usual, which Theseus promised his father to change for white, in case of his returning victorious. When they arrived in Crete, the youths and maidens were exhibited before King Minos and his daughters, among whom was Ariadne who became deeply enamored of Theseus, by whom her love was readily returned.

Ariadne and Theseus (ariadne33.jpg--290x302) Ariadne gave him a sword, with which he could encounter the Minotaur. She also gave him a clew of thread by which he should be able to find his way out of the labyrinth. He was successful, slew the Minotaur, escaped from the labyrinth, and taking Ariadne as the companion of his way, with his rescued companions sailed for Athens.


Theseus conquered the Minotaur (theseus1.gif--259x361) On their way they stopped at the island of Naxos, where Theseus abandoned Ariadne, leaving her asleep.

On approaching the coast of Attica, Theseus, disturbed by abandoning Ariadne, forgot the signal appointed by his father, and neglected to raise the white sails, and the old king, thinking his son had perished, put an end to his own life. Theseus thus became king of Athens.

One of the most celebrated of the adventures of Theseus is his expedition against the Amazons. He assailed them before they had recovered from the attack of Hercules, and carried off their queen, Antiope. The Amazons in their turn invaded the country of Athens and penetrated into the city. The final battle in which Theseus overcame them was fought in the midst of the city. This battle was one of the favorite subjects of the ancient sculptors, and is commemorated in several works of art that are still extant. Theseus made love with Antiope, who later gave birth to Hippolytus.

After the death of Antiope, Theseus married Phaedra, another daughter of King Minos. Phaedra saw in Hippolytus a youth endowed with all the graces and virtues of his father. She loved him, but he repulsed her advances, and her love was changed to hate. She used her influence over her infatuated husband to cause him to be jealous of his son, and he imprecated the vengeance of Neptune upon him.

Phaedra rejects embrace from Theseus (phaedra98.jpg--300x370)

One day, as Hippolytus drove his chariot along the shore, a sea-monster raised himself above the waters, and frightened the horses so that they ran away and dashed the chariot to pieces. Hippolytus was killed, but by Diana’s assistance Aesculapius restored him to life. Diana removed Hippolytus from the power of his deluded father and false stepmother, and placed him in Italy under the protection of the nymph Egeria.

Theseus at length lost the favor of his people, and retired to the court of Lycomedes, king of Scyros, who at first received him kindly, but afterwards treacherously slew him. In a later age the Athenian general Cimon discovered the place where his remains were laid, and removed them to Athens, where they were deposited in a temple called the Theseum, erected in honor of the hero.

The queen of the Amazons whom Theseus espoused is by some called Hippolyta. That is the name she bears in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, the subject of which is the festivities attending the nuptials of Theseus and Hippolyta.

Although most people remember Theseus as one of the mythological persons, the man who had become the prototype of Theseus actually existed in the ancient Greek history. This “Theseus” united the several tribes and combined those territories in Attica into one state, of which Athens became the capital.

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why did Theseus abandon Ariadne after she helped him so much?
    - Judy Sunders

There are many different accounts as to why he left her there.
  • Some say that she was seen by the Wine God Dionysus, who fell in love with her on the spot and sent Theseus off.
  • Others say, Athena appeared to him in a dream and commanded him to do so because she was destined to marry Dionysus.
  • Theseus deserted her because the priest in the island told him that she could only have female children.
  • One version of the story denies that Theseus abandoned Ariadne of his own free will. He stopped at the island to let her recover from seasickness. However, a strong wind blew his ship away from the island when he returned after he had placed Ariadne in a secured cottage.
  • When he reached the island, Theseus thought it over, and fearing to take home as his wife the daughter of king who had exacted such cruel tribute from his homeland, he decided to abandon Ariadne on the island.
  • Still, some claim that Theseus was so anxious to be rid of her that he left her not on Naxos, but on Dia, a tiny island off Crete, just beyond the harbor of ancient Knossos—within sight of her father’s domain.
  • Others say that Theseus simply forgot her and when he came back for her she had died. Anyway, whatever the reason, Ariadne was left there and her heart was broken. After her death, a beautiful golden crown, which Theseus had previously bestowed upon her to show his love, floated up into the sky and the jewels on it created the constellation Corona Borealis.

    - Akira
Copyright Akira Kato
About this author:
  • Educated both in Canada and Japan
  • Traveled extensively in Europe, Far East, and North America
  • Worked as management consultant, computer systems analyst, college instructor and freelance writer.
Akira Kato


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