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[thee-see-uh s, -syoos] /ˈθi si əs, -syus/
noun, Classical Mythology.
an Attic hero, the husband of Phaedra, father of Hippolytus, and slayer of the Minotaur and the robber Procrustes.
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[thi-see-uh n] /θɪˈsi ən/ (Show IPA),
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(Greek myth) a hero of Attica, noted for his many great deeds, among them the slaying of the Minotaur, the conquest of the Amazons, whose queen he married, and participation in the Calydonian hunt
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Thesean (θɪˈsiːən) adjective
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legendary hero-king of Athens.

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Theseus [(thee-see-uhs, thee-syoohs)]

In classical mythology, a hero of the city of Athens. He killed Procrustes and the Minotaur and made war on the Amazons, subsequently marrying their queen, Hippolyta.

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