Greek hero who slew minotaur

Greek hero who slew minotaur crossword clue. a Australia crossword question on 3 Jun 2017.

The answer is THESEUS

Theseus was the mythical king and founder-hero of Athens. Like Perseus, Cadmus, or Heracles, Theseus battled and overcame foes that were identified with an archaic religious and social order. In the same way that Heracles was the founding hero for the Dorians, Theseus was a founding hero for the Athenians. The Athenians regarded Theseus as a great reformer; his name comes from the same root as θεσμός (“thesmos”), Greek for “The Gathering”. The myths surrounding Theseus—his journeys, exploits, and family—have provided material for fiction throughout the ages.

Theseus was responsible for the synoikismos the political unification of Attica under Athens, represented emblematically in his journey of labours, subduing ogres and monstrous beasts. Because he was the unifying king, Theseus built and occupied a palace on the fortress of the Acropolis that may have been similar to the palace that was excavated in Mycenae.

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