Study Guide

Theseus

  • Profile

    Theseus was a big deal hero and king of Athens. His biggest claim to fame was braving the Labyrinth of Crete where he slayed the man-eating Minotaur, a monster with the body of a man and the head of a bull. No big deal. Before that, he kicked the butts of six unruly bandits whose queen he'd kidnapped, bringing law and order to the land around Athens. Bottom line: Theseus was an awesome hero. But that didn't stop him from being a total womanizer, which got him into trouble all the time. Eventually, it even cost him the throne of Athens. Womp womp.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Theseus

    Nickname

    The Matador, The Lady's Man

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Elysium

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    King of Athens (retired), Minotaur Slayer (retired)

    Education

    The Ares School of War
    Dike's Academy of Law and Order (it was great studying with the goddess of justice herself)

    Beliefs

    Political views

    If every ruler governed their land as well as I did Athens, the world would be a better place. Just sayin'.

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Aegeus and (maybe) Poseidon (Fathers)
    Aethra (Mother)

    Children

    Hippolytus, Demophon, Acamas

    Friends

    Pirithous (My BFF)
    Heracles (Who saved me from the Underworld)
    Buffy
    Abraham Lincoln

    Enemies

    King Minos (still mad at me for killing the Minotaur)
    The Minotaur (for obvious reasons)
    The Amazons (I kidnapped their Queen, Hippolyta)
    Hippolyta (see above)
    Ariadne (she's still pretty upset that I ditched her on an island)
    Helen (not too friendly with me because I kidnapped her when she was a kid)
    Castor and Pollux

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Fling with Ariadne
    Hippolyta (First wife)
    Phaedra (Second wife)
    Tried to marry Helen, but it didn't work out
    (Yeah, I get around)

    Interested in

    Battle-ology
    Daring do-ology
    Justice-ology
    Seduction-ology
    (I don't need to know the fancy terms—it's the action that counts)

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Game of Thrones
    Mad Men (that Don Draper has a way with the ladies!)
    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I know she's a lady, but she's the bomb)

    Quotations

    "A warrior never worries about his fear."
    – Carlos Castaneda

    "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster. And if you gaze into the abyss long enough, the abyss will gaze back at you."
    – Friedrich Nietzsche

    "The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse."
    – Miyamoto Musashi

    "I need a hero, I'm holding out for a hero
    'Til the end of the night
    He's gotta be strong
    He's gotta be fast
    And he's gotta be fresh from the fight."
    – Bonnie Tyler (she was totally talking about me)

    Books

    All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (love the bullfighting)
    The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
    Henry IV, Part 1 by William Shakespeare
    Henry IV, Part 2 by William Shakespeare
    The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Anonymous)
    A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
    "Beat! Beat! Drums!" by Walt Whitman

    Music

    I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
    We Will Rock You by Queen
    Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen
    Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
    Love Bites by Def Leppard (reminds me of Phaedra)
    Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet
    Minotaur by the Clientele
    I Need a Hero by Frau Frau

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Bullfighting
    Paintball
    Margaritas
    Garden Mazes
    Ladies' Night

    Groups

    Heroes of Greece
    Kings of Athens
    Bullfighters

    • Spotter's Guide

      To chill with this famous slayer of the Minotaur, you'll have to head down to the Land of the Dead; more specifically, the Elysian Islands, where the honored dead are supposed to hang out. Theseus is probably down there drinking margaritas with Jason, Perseus, Achilles, and all his other Greek bros. It might be tough to tell him apart from his hero buddies, though. After all, most of them look pretty similar: tall, young, and ripped. Yep, Theseus fits right in with all the mega-jocks of ancient Greece.

      Sex: Male
      Age: Prefers to think of himself as a young man
      Build: Super muscular
      Complexion: Tan
      Hair Color: Brown
      Facial Hair: Clean shaven
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Battle scars (the ladies love 'em)
      Jewelry and accessories: The crown of Athens (until it got taken away)
      Clothing: Only the finest robes
      Armor: Yep, and it's bright and shiny
      Type of Weapon: Sword, spear, knife

      Typical Companions:

      Ariadne (until he ditched her on an island, that is)
      Hippolyta (oh, until he gave her the boot, to…)
      Phaedra (until she fell in love with Theseus's son and killed herself)
      Pirithous (this one didn't end well either)

      Known Hangouts: 

      Athens
      Crete (For a brief Minotaur-hunting trip)
      Elysium

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970

      Hippolytus by Euripides

      In this tragedy, Theseus makes a major boo boo when he believes Phaedra's accusations about his son, Hippolytus. Oops.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles

      The king of Athens shows he's got a little heart when he allows poor bedraggled Oedipus a quiet place to die in this tragic play.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Theseus makes a name for himself by kicking some Minotaur tail in Book 8 of Ovid's classic collection of poems.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Canterbury Tales: The Knight's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

      In this medieval classic, two love-struck knights cause Theseus a ton of trouble.

      Dec 20, 1595

      A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

      Shakespeare's popular comedy tells the story of young lovers who run into trouble with some fairies the night before Theseus and Hippolyta get married.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Two Nobel Kinsmen by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher

      Shakespeare's romantic riff on Chaucer's "Knights Tale"—Theseus and Hippolyta included.

      Dec 20, 1677

      Phaedra by Jean Baptiste Racine

      The tragedy of Phaedra's unfortunate crush is played out for your entertainment in this play by Racine.

      Dec 20, 1996

      Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

      Heracles gives a young Theseus some lessons in heroism in this not-to-be-missed TV series.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War II

      Kratos vs. Theseus: who will win? We guess it just depends on how good you are at video games.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Immortals

      Check out this big-budget Hollywood riff on Greek mythology, and look forward to tons of Theseus action and some pretty tight battle scenes.