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Theseus and the Minotaur, Part Two

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This week I’m posting the second installment in my retold story: “Theseus and the Minotaur.” If you missed Part One, you can read it here.

In this section, Ariadne enters as a full-fledged supporting character. She may be the most intriguing figure in the myth in that, unlike the famous romances of Paris and Helen, and Perseus and Andromeda, the nature of her relationship with the hero Theseus is curiously unclear. Did she help Theseus because she loved him? Why did she not continue with him to Athens? Did they part ways by mutual agreement or by some accident. The accounts of that part of her story are strangely unclear, and good fodder for the imagination.

Theseus and the Minotaur

Introducing…Theseus and the Minotaur (Part One)

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I’ve always loved the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, which is credited to second century B.C.E. historian Apollodorus of Athens in Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, and Plutarch and Ovid elsewhere. It’s so imaginative, and it’s been an enduring inspiration source for artwork, fantasy, and gaming.