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In Greek mythology Theseus can truely be thought of as the greatest Athenian hero He was the son of Aegeus king of Athens and Aethra princess of Troezen and daughter of Pittheus king of Troezen Before Theseus was born his father Aegeus left Aethra in Troezen of Argolis and returned to Athens before he was born But before he left king Aegeus put his sword and his pair of sandals under a large rock and said to Aethra that when Theseus was old enough to lift the heavy rock that Theseus should take the sword and sandals and come to see him in Athens At the age of 16 after being brought up in Troezen Theseus was finally able to lift the heavy rock Theseus with his long blond hair then took the sword and the sandals and began his journey to Athens to claim Aegeus as his father The young Theseus made his hazardous journey by the coast road along the Isthmus clearing the road of six villains murderers and monsters which inhabited the road Theseus killed these villains by the same method by which they had murdered their own victims Among the villains that Theseus killed were Sciron Sinis Procrustes and Phaea Theseus arrived in Athens wearing a sword and a pair of sandals that Aegeus had left for him in Troezen He was then greeted by his father Aegeus and his stepmother Medea who was a sorceress But she was jealous of his influence over Aegeus so Medea tried to kill him by sending him to kill a wild bull But Theseus succeeded and sacrificed the bull to Apollo He then returned to Athens and was almost poisoned by Medea but as soon as Aegeus got wind of her plot he proclaimed Theseus his son and heir to the thrown and banished Medea from Athens and she escaped to what is now Asia According to legend the people of Athens had
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