Theseus and the Minotaur Plot Diagram

Theseus and the Minotaur Plot Diagram
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Greek Mythology - The Hero Theseus

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Theseus is one of the great heroes of Greek mythology. His exploits demonstrate his intelligence, sense of justice, and great physical skill. Theseus is thought to be the one who united Attica (region of Greece where Athens is), showing him to be a great king and politician. Civilization conquering barbarism and unnaturalness was an important theme for the city of Athens, so of course her greatest hero would bring justice and order to the world. Theseus is truly the perfect hero for Athens, the center of ancient Greek culture and academics.

Greek Mythology: Theseus

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Theseus and the Minotaur Plot Diagram

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  • Theseus is born to Aethra and Poseidon/Aegeus. His father leaves his sword and sandals under a rock for Theseus to find when he is older.
  • After retrieving his father's sword, Theseus goes to Athens where the Marathon Bull kills a visiting prince from Crete. Athens and Crete go to war.
  • An oracle tells Athens to satisfy Minos' demands to end the war. Theseus volunteers as tribute to Crete, as one of the seven youths and seven maidens that Minos requires.
  • Ariadne, the princess in Crete, falls in love with Theseus. With the help of Daedalus, she tells Theseus to use a spool of thread to find his way. Theseus enters the labyrinth.
  • Theseus defeats the Minotaur and frees Athens from its debt to Minos.
  • Though Theseus won the day, tragedy strikes. Theseus forgot to change the sails from black to white. His father jumped off the cliff into the ocean from grief.
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