Theseus: from ancient Greek hero to contemporary Greek living in an award-winning residential development.
Theseus… it’s a name infused with the mystique of Greek mythology.
Theseus, the son of the King of Athens, is above all linked to his bravery and his cunning scheme to kill the dreaded Minotaur.
As the story goes, King Minoas of Crete conquered the Kingdom of Athens and demanded brutal compensation from the defeated people: Every year, seven young men and seven young women were to be sacrificed to the Minotaur. This vicious beast, half man half bull, was the shameful offspring of Minoas’s wife in an encounter with a bull. To prevent the Minotaur from circulation, the King held him captive in a labyrinth adjacent to his palace in Knossos near Iraklion, from which he would never escape. Worst of all, the monster fed only on human flesh… and the conquered youngsters of Athens unwillingly provided sustenance.
When the time came for the annual sacrifice, Theseus volunteered to be among the condemned young men. But he had no intention of giving up his life. On the contrary; with the help of the King’s infatuated daughter, he devised a plan – not only to survive, but also to kill the Minotaur, and put an end to the bloody ritual, once and for all. And so he did.
As often in Greek mythology, victory came at a price, and Theseus’s heroism was accompanied by family tragedy. And yet, he lived on to succeed his father as the King of Athens and was known to be a just ruler who reigned for many years.
Upon his death, the Athenians erected a magnificent temple in his honour. Located next to the Acropolis, it bears his name, Theseion, and still stands proudly to this very day.