Theseus - Hero of Greek Mythology

Theseus and The Minotaur is a Greek myth about the son of an Athenian king—a young man called Theseus—and a horrifying monster, known as "The Minotaur."

This story, like many other Greek stories, comes to us by way of the ancient writer Plutarch (and his famous "Lives").

The Minotaur lived in a labyrinth on the island of Crete at the palace of Knossos.

It had a terrible desire for human blood.

Periodically, seven boys and seven girls from Athens were selected to go into the Labyrinth with the Minotaur.  They were called Tributes.  Their sacrifice was demanded by King Minos, the ruler of Crete.

Only one person—Ariadne, daughter of King Minos—could ever get near the monster.

Meanwhile ... Theseus was growing up with his mother.  His father, whom he did not know, had abandoned his family years before.

There was one way for Thesus to learn the identity of his father.  It would require great strength, however, to make that happen.

See, also:

Theseus - Volunteers as a Tribute

Theseus - At the Palace in Crete

Theseus - Slays the Minotaur

Theseus - End of the Story

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jan 20, 2020

Media Credits

Clip from a series known as "The Storyteller" - episode "Theseus and the Minotaur" - an American/British co-production. Copyright, Henson Associates and TVS Television, all rights reserved. Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes.

The series was created by Jim Henson (creator of The Muppets) and developed by Anthony Minghella. It originally aired in 1988. The series ended after the second season. "Theseus and the Minotaur" is from the last season.

This clip features:

Director -  John Madden

Screenplay - By Nigel William

Producer - Duncan Kenworthy

Michael Gambon - The Storyteller

Brian Henson - The Storyteller's Dog


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