Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 30 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Ariadne helped Theseus to overcome the Minotaur. Ariadne asked someone for help so that she could help Theseus. Who did she ask?||The Labours of Theseus
Daedalus. Daedalus gave her a magic ball of thread which he told her to tell Theseus to unwind as he walked so that he would be able to find his way back to the entrance of the Labyrinth.
Knossos. Knossos was a palace in Crete.
|Theseus managed to rid a town of a sow called Phaia who was ravaging the countryside. What town was this?||The Labours of Theseus
Crommyon. Some people say that the sow represented a real person.
|Procrustes was an inn-keeper. Whenever a guest came he would make them up a bed. If they were tall he would make a short bed, if they were short he would make a tall bed. If the person was too big for the bed, what would he do with the parts which hung over?||The Labours of Theseus
Chop them off. Theseus managed to chop Procrustes's head off.
Sciron's Rocks. He would kick people off the cliff he sat on and onto the rocks below where they would be eaten by a giant turtle.
|In his travels, Theseus came across a certain person called Sinis (tree-bender). He managed to kill him and took his daughter as his lover. They also had a son together. What was the name of Sinis's daughter?||The Labours of Theseus
Perigune. Sinis would get someone to help him bend two trees down to the ground. Then he would tie that person to both the trees and let them go. The victim would be torn in two.
|Periphetes had a huge club which he killed people with. Theseus took this off him and clubbed Periphetes to death. Who was Periphetes the son of?||The Labours of Theseus
Hephaestus. Theseus kept this club as his symbol. Some people say that he used it to kill the Minotaur. Others say he used a sword which Ariadne gave to him.
Eleusis. The King was called Cercyon. His hobby was to make people wrestle with him. If they lost they had to die.
Isthmus Road. It was the road from Troezen to Athens where he encountered his labours
He threw himself off a cliff. The king of Athens threw himself off a cliff after seeing Theseus' boat sailing back with black sails. Theseus had promised before he left that if he had survived, his ship would be sailing white sails. Aegeas assumed his son was dead and killed himself. The sea he fell into has been called the Aegean sea ever since.
|Where did Theseus abandon Ariadne?||Theseus
Naxos. Ariadne only helped Theseus if he promised to take her to Athens with him and marry her. Theseus however, decided he did not feel as strongly about marriage as she did and set sail without her. According to some versions, this was under instructions from Dionysus, who wanted to wed her himself.
|How did Theseus kill the Minotaur?||Theseus
With a sword. There are two versions to how Theseus killed the Minotaur. One version states that he killed the Minotaur with his bare hands while another version says that he killed the beast with a sword given to him by Ariadne.
|What did Ariadne, the daughter of Minos, give to Theseus in order to help him find his way out of the labyrinth?||Theseus
A ball of thread (A long rope, A map of the labyrinth, A guide dog). She gave Theseus a ball of thread. She told him to tie one end to the entrance and unwind it as he went. This way he could follow it back to the entrance after killing the beast.
|Why did Theseus want to be one of the human sacrifices to the Minotaur?||Theseus
To kill it. The Minotaur was a vicious, half man, half bull monster that lived in the labyrinth in Crete. Every year, the people of Crete would have to feed the beast several humans who would be locked inside the labyrinth, never to be seen again.
|When Theseus reached Athens, who tried to poison him?||Theseus
Medea. King Aegeas' wife Medea persuaded him to try to kill Theseus after realising the threat he posed. Luckily, Aegeas realised that Theseus was in fact his son and stopped him from drinking it.
|Another robber that Theseus encountered was Sciron, who used to push travelers into the sea where they would be eaten by what creature?||Theseus
A carnivorous turtle. Sciron was situated on a narrow path on the edge of a mountain called 'The Bad Step'. He would make travelers wash his feet in return for letting them pass. As they did this he would push them off the edge and into the sea where they would be eaten by a carnivorous turtle.
|On his journey to Athens, Theseus met the robber Periphetes. How did Periphetes kill passing travellers?||Theseus
Beating them with a metal club. When he encountered Periphetes, Theseus took the metal club away from him and killed him with it.
King Aegeas. King Aegeas of Athens was his father and his mother was Aethra. However, in some versions of the story, the god Poseidon is his true father.
Troezen. Theseus lived in Troezen with his mother and grandfather until he was sixteen, when he set out on his journey to Athens.