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What task did Theseus perform when he was fifteen years old?
He lifted stone to get sword and the shoes
Why does he decide to go to Athens?
To seek his father
Why does he decide to take the inland route rather than the sea route?
Island is riskier - he wanted to be a hero
Who are the three bandits he meets on his way to Athens?
Procrustes, Sciron, and Snis
Who in Athens is an enemy of Theseus?
What does this person do to try and get rid of Theseus?
tries to make him drink poison
When does Theseus' father recognize him?
Theseus draws the sword
What brave undertaking does Theseus decide to do?
he offers to be 1 of the 14 youth to be sacrificed to the Minotaur. He wants to kill the Minotaur.
Why do fourteen youths have to be sacrificed every nine years?
to atone the death of King Mino's son who was killed while visiting King Aegeus (Theseus' father)
What special agreement did Theseus make with his father King Aegeus before leaving Athens for Crete?
when he was coming inland he would raise the white flag signaling he lived.
Why was Poseidon angry at King Minos of Crete?
Minos did not kill a bull Poseidon had given him
What revenge did Poseidon take?
Had Mino's wife fall in love with the bull
What was the Labyrinth?
Who built it?
How did Theseus destroy the Minotaur and escape the Labyrinth?
he killed him with his bare hands and followed the thread out of the maze.
Who helps Theseus escape?
Ariadne, King Mino's daughter.
Why does she help Theseus?
She is in love with him
What becomes of this maiden? (two theories)
(1) deserted by Theseus on the island of Noxos
(2) left behind due to sickness and Theseus' ship was blown away, when he returned to Naxos, she was dead
Why does Aegeus die?
saw black sail, sees son is "dead", and jumps off a cliff and kills himself.
How did the Aegean Sea get its name?
King Aegeus died in the sea
How is Theseus' form of government different from his father's?
People's government - no king - democracy
What good things did Theseus do as king?
made Athens a democracy; people could vote; Commander-in-chief
Which Amazon does Theseus fall in love with? Who is their child?
Hippolyta - Hippolytus
Which events does Theseus help Pirithous with, and what are the results?
A. Calydonian Hunt- saved a friend B. Cattle Battle- saved a friend
C. Marriage Feast- saved a friend
D. Hades Fiasco- cannot save a friend; Pirithous is still in the Chair of Forgetfulness
What happens to Theseus in Hades?
Hades allows Hercules to free Theseus
Who is Phaedra?
Theseus' wife; she is Ariadne's sister - Phaedra falls in love with Hippolytus
Why does Theseus' wife die?
she is turned down by Hippolytus ; she kills herself; blames her death on Hippolytus in note.
Why and how does Hippolytus die?
Theseus exiles his son; sea monster; scares his horses; chariot crashes
How does Theseus discover the truth (about his wife)?
Artemis tells him
How does Theseus die?
Killed by King Lycomedes - no clue why
What happened after Theseus' death?
Athenians built a great tomb for him
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