Athens Theseus, the king of Athens The semi-mythical, semi-historical Theseus was the great hero of ancient Athens. The numerous heroic deeds ascribed to him were seen by the ancient Athenians as the acts that led to the birth of democracy in the Attic city-state, the cradle of Greek democracy. Since he is portrayed as the contemporary of Hercules, it can be assumed that he belonged to the generation previous to the Trojan War.
Theseus was a founder-hero, like PerseusCadmusor Heraclesall of whom battled and overcame foes that were identified with an archaic religious and social order. The myths surrounding Theseus—his journeys, exploits, and family—have provided material for fiction throughout the ages. Theseus was responsible for the synoikismos "dwelling together" —the political unification of Attica under Athens, represented emblematically in his journey of labours, subduing ogres and monstrous beasts.
Because he was the unifying king, Theseus built and occupied a palace on the fortress of the Acropolis that may have been similar to the palace that was excavated in Mycenae. Pausanias reports that after the synoikismos, Theseus established a cult of Aphrodite Pandemos "Aphrodite of all the People" and Peitho on the southern slope of the Acropolis.
Plutarch 's vita a literalistic biography of Theseus makes use of varying accounts of the death of the MinotaurTheseus' escape, and the love of Ariadne for Theseus. Theseus left his wife on a lonely seashore- making her wait for him for a couple of years before Lord Bacchus Dinosyaus rescued her and made her his wife.
Still without a male heir, Aegeus asked the oracle at Delphi for advice.
Her cryptic words were "Do not loosen the bulging mouth of the wineskin until you have reached the height of Athens, lest you die of grief. This puzzling oracle forced Aegeus to visit Pittheus, king of Troezen, who was famous for his wisdom and skill at expounding oracles.
Pittheus understood the prophecy and introduced Aegeus to his daughter, Aethra, when Aegeus was drunk.
But following the instructions of Athena in a dream, Aethra left the sleeping Aegeus and waded across to the island of Sphairia that lay close to Troezen's shore. There she poured a libation to Sphairos Pelops' charioteer and Poseidonand was possessed by the sea god in the night.
The mix gave Theseus a combination of divine as well as mortal characteristics in his nature; such double paternity, with one immortal and one mortal, was a familiar feature of other Greek heroes. Before leaving, however, he buried his sandals and sword under a huge rock  and told Aethra that when their son grew up, he should move the rock, if he were heroic enough, and take the tokens for himself as evidence of his royal parentage.
In Athens, Aegeus was joined by Medeawho had left Corinth after slaughtering the children she had borne, and had taken Aegeus as her new consort.
Priestess and consort together represented the old order in Athens.
Thus Theseus was raised in his mother's land. When Theseus grew up and became a brave young man, he moved the rock and recovered his father's tokens. His mother then told him the truth about his father's identity and that he must take the sword and sandals back to king Aegeus to claim his birthright.
To journey to Athens, Theseus could choose to go by sea which was the safe way or by land, following a dangerous path around the Saronic Gulfwhere he would encounter a string of six entrances to the Underworld each guarded by a chthonic enemy. Young, brave, and ambitious, Theseus decided to go alone by the land route and defeated a great many bandits along the way.The Cretan Heracles, one of the Idaean Dactyls, was believed to have founded the temple of Zeus at Olympia, 61 but to have originally come from Egypt.
62 The traditions about him resemble those of the Greek Heracles; 63 but it is said that he lived at a much earlier period than the Greek hero, and that the latter only imitated him. Eusebius. Theseus and Hercules and their archetypical "Hero's Journey" Theseus Theseus was the son of Aegeus, an Athenian king, however he lived his childhood away from his father with his mother.
When Theseus was born, his father put a sword and a pair of shoes under a big stone. Like the myths about Theseus, Perseus, and Bellerophon, the tales of Hercules combine high adventure with unforgettable characters.
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Mar 07, · When Hercules was in the Underworld, he rescued Theseus. Thespius and His Daughters Hercules went hunting with King Thespius for 50 days and each night he slept with one of the king's 50 daughters because the king wanted to have grandchildren that were fathered by the hero.