Theseus and the Minotaur

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Even before Theseus descended into the Labyrinth to face the Minotaur, he was already a hero and a veteran of many battles. The son of a man, a woman, and the god Poseidon, he'd journey across Ancient Greece, fighting numerous monsters and villains, including Periphetes 'the clubber', the Crymmyon Sow, and the insane demigod, Procrustes 'the stretcher'.

Despite these adventures, it was on Crete that Theseus faced his greatest challenge. Taking the place of a sacrificial tribute, Theseus used his wits, charm, and bravery to defeat the dreaded Minotaur, a hideous combination of man and bull that lived in a maze-like dungeon. In this book, Graeme Davis draws upon the classic sources to retell the story of Theseus, and backs this narrative with a factual examination of the myth, its variations, and its development over time. Replete with both classical and modern illustrations, this book is a concise exploration of one of the most enduring myths of Ancient Greece.

Written by Graeme Davis