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Who was the father of Theseus?

As someone has already commented, the confusion is between Aegeus and Poseidon. This question does not have many alternate interpretations, it's just that it's never made clear, who the father of ...
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Did Theseus use the string or Princess Ariadne to get out?

The string or thread is certainly well supported in Greek and Roman sources. (Emphasis mine, in all cases) From Plutarch: When he arrived at Crete, as most of the ancient historians as well as ...
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What is the source of the story of Hades trapping Pirithous and Theseus in the Chairs of Forgetfulness?

Apollodorus' Epitome 1.24: Theseus, arriving in the realm of Haides [Hades] with Peirithous [Pirithous], was thoroughly deceived, for Haides on the pretense of hospitality had them sit first ...
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Which of these heroes lived first: Achilles, Hercules or Theseus?

Chronologically, it goes Hercules/Heracles, Theseus, and then Achilles in the main mythological accounts. Achilles is last. Hercules older by far because he's the one who placed child Priam on the ...
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Are Greek Myths and Heroes Rooted in actual History and People?

The Wikipedia article for Theseus ends its introduction with this: As the subject of myth, the existence of Theseus as a real person has not been proven, but scholars believe that he may have ...
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Which version of the Ariadne Myth was written/told first?

The oldest written accounts are ambiguous on this point, so it is somewhat difficult to ascertain whether these two are not, in fact, merely aspects of the same tradition rather than two completely ...
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What happened to Theseus after Herakles found him?

He was exiled from Athens and ended up on Skyros [Scyros] Island where he died falling off a high cliff, apparently murdered. His adventures sort of continue, to some extent, long after his death. ...
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What happened to Theseus after Herakles found him?

Well it depends which source you want to follow. If it is Plutarch, then he is dead. Now in Euripides' tragedy "Herakles", the hero frees Theseus from the Hades From what I recall, the events are in ...
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Quote on Romulus and Theseus from André Gide in Les Nouvelles Nourritures

According to Theoi, Plutarch was taking legends and myths and trying to approach them historically. Romulus (along with his twin brother Remus) was one of the legendary founders of Rome, and his ...
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Why did Hades let Heracles rescue Theseus?

According to Diodorus Siculus, it was Herakles favour of Theseus that persuaded Hades to release him: Peirithoos now decided to seek the hand of Persephone in marriage, and when he asked Theseus to ...
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What happened to Theseus after Herakles found him?

I have read in a book (I forgot the name but it had to do with the 12 tasks Herakles had to do) and it said that in one task Herakles ran across Theseus, as stated in your question, and when asking ...
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Why did Pittheus trick Aegeus?

This is a follow-up to the accepted answer, which I think provides a good account for Pittheus' motivation, as backed up by the entry for Pittheus in The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4th edn): [...
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Why did Pittheus trick Aegeus?

A grandson. Since his purpose was to get him to sleep with his daughter, he must have deduced that the resulting son would be something special, and special enough to risk angering Aegeus. At least, ...
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How long was Theseus in the Underworld?

Four years, according to the introductory plot summary of Seneca's play Phaedra, is the amount of time Theseus was in the Underworld. The Mechanics Thereof I think you've answered your own concern ...
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Dionysos saving Ariadne by marrying her - source?

There are two textual sources for this, there is no mention for Dionysos' motivation: Pausanias, Description of Greece, Chapter 20: The oldest sanctuary of Dionysus is near the theater. Within the ...
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