A Tale Of Two Heroes

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Ancient Greeks had to face many forces of nature. Therefore, in their effort to understand the nature, they invented stories to account for the things that went on in their lives. These tales, known as myths, are traditional stories about gods, kings, and heroes. More often than not, the myths convey messages dealing with the creation of the world, how gods made man, lives of heroes who represented the ideals of society, and moral codes by which to live by. They contain the powerful Olympian gods, sea gods, half-gods, human heroes, courageous or romantic adventures, betrayals, battles, and so on. Other stories that provide a sense of hope and explanation can be found in the Bible. As in mythological tales, these Biblical tales also provide explanations for the many wonders of life such as the creation of the world. In many cases, mythological events recount actions that took place in the Bible.

A particularly obvious comparison can be noted in the mythological story of Theseus and the Minotaur and the Biblical tale of David and Goliath.

The mythological story of Theseus and the Minotaur began soon after Theseus became acquainted with his father, King Aegeus (Hamilton 150). Theseus' quest to find his father was filled with perils and injustices, which he conquered along the way. The journey's end found him a hero in the eyes of his father's people upon his arrival in Athens. Years before his arrival, however, an incident occurred between King Aegeus and Minos, the ruler of Crete, resulting in extremely fiery feelings (Hamilton 151). King Aegeus had sent Androgeus, Minos' son, on an expedition to kill a dangerous bull (Hamilton 151). Instead, the bull killed Androgeus (Hamilton 151). Minos furiously declared that he would destroy Athens unless seven maidens and seven youths were offered as...