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Theseus meaning and name origin
Theseus is an ancient Greek name, known from the Greek mythology. Thiseas derives from the Greek word tithimi, which means “to set”.  Sound of name Thiseas: Thee- ssé-as
Although Thiseas is mostly known due to the ancient Greek hero Theseus, for the Greek Orthodox church the name is associated with one of the 40 martyrs, who were tortured to death due to their faith to the Christian religion.
In Greek mythology, Thiseas was an important hero of Ancient Athens. He was son of Aethra, and Aegeus, the king of Athens.  Theseus was brought up under the protection of Pittheus and Aethra until he was 16. Then he set off to Athens to claim his birthright. On his way and afterwards, Theseus was involved in numerous adventures and deeds, of which the most famous was the slaying of the Minotaur; this it the most known myth of Thiseas. The daughter of King Minos of Crete, Ariadni helped Thiseas accomplish his deed. 
Minos demanded a yearly tribute from Athens because of the murder of his son, Androgeus, by the Athenians. Each year, seven Athenian men and seven maidens were sent to Crete to feed the Minotaur.
Theseus determined to end the yearly tragedy suffered by the Athenians. He boarded the ship that bore the victims to Crete. When she saw him, Ariadni fell in love with the hero. She gave him a ball of string that would help him find his way out of the Labyrinth, where the Minotaur lived.  Theseus unwound the string as he followed the tortuous mazes that led him to the Minotaur. He slew the bull after a ferocious battle and then made his way triumphantly back to the entrance of the labyrinthine palace. When he went back to Athens, Theseus took the lovely Ariadni with him, but he abandoned her on the island of Naxos and went on his way.
Upon the death of Aegeus, Theseus became king of Athens and was the hero of many battles. At the end, he retired to Skyros, an island in the Aegean, where he was murdered by Lycomedes. 
Scholars believe that the character of Theseus may have been based on a real person, a hero of ancient times, similar in many ways to the demigod Heracles. Mythologists may have adapted the character of Theseus to make him a suitable hero for their city of Athens

Nameday: 10th of April.
Theseas is usually a young in heart man; brave and rational, he can be a very reliable and dependable person. He is a man who values his career a lot.









Theseus's story & photo gallery
Latest news on Theseus
Theseus
In March 2013 we had a call  from someone, alerting us to the plight of this little donkey abandoned and wandering in the remote hills near Karame, South Crete.
Our friend Kim kept him safe, fed & watered and away from the dangers of the road and cliffs.... After arranging a trailer we brought him to Agia Marina.  We chose this name as we think he is a very brave donkey to survive so many days in the arrid rocky Sth. Crete mountains, not only this but a donkey dealer had heard he was roaming in the hills and was coming after him !! another day and it may have been too late 

27/02/2013 : Our very grateful thanks to Kim for alerting us to the plight of this little donkey abandoned and wandering in the remote hills near Karame, South Crete.
For now he is safe, fed & watered and away from the dangers of the road and cliffs.... we are now arranging to pick him up this is where Theseus was wandering aroundAfter going missing twice and an arduous journey through the mountains Fanis finally brings Theseus to safety.....
Apollo comes up to say 'welcome Theseus' while shy Phaedra has a little discreet peek from behind....
Theseus had a good night after the initial sniffing & playful chasing around,the herd left him alone to settle in.He's a very brave donkey to survive so many days in the arrid rocky Sth. Crete mountains, not only this but a donkey dealer had heard he was roaming in the hills and was coming after him
We love this photo of Theseus being cuddled by Kim & Mathias just before he leaves for the sanctuary and safety. Theseus disappeared the day before he was due to be picked up after being found wandering alone in the hills. Luckily he was found napping under this old olive tree ( which is 100 of yrs Our very grateful thanks to our three lovely friends for alerting us to the plight of Theseus found wandering around a very remote & arrid part of the Sth. Crete Coast...the dangers there are many.. steep cliffs, windy dangerous roads and shepherds protecting their grazing areas.
Our very grateful thanks to our three lovely friends for alerting us to the plight of Theseus found wandering around a very remote & arrid part of the Sth. Crete Coast...the dangers there are many.. steep cliffs, windy dangerous roads and s...hepherds zealiously protecting their grazing areas. Theseus was very happy that you came to visit him at the sanctuary, and of course so was Iasonas and tiny Argos who was found in a dumpster & has a family in Holland waiting anxiously for his arrival and a new name.. James :-)..and of course Kleo having a good look from afar :-)
March 19 2013
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Our lovely new donkey Theseus ( pron. Th-e-say-us ) the day our friend Kim found him roaming alone in the remote South Crete hills.
What do you think he is trying to say ??.....
PLEASE rescue me and take me home ??
Anything good to eat in this car ???
Theseus is a friendly donkey and very affectionate too which makes us think that he must have been loved, we just wish he could tell us his life story
April 9 2013
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Poor little Theseus was quietly grazing under this big old olive tree when suddenly a branch crashed down on top of him. Luckily the heaviest part missed him but he was well caught up and unable to move, quite unflustered he waits to be freed...Fanis gets busy with the chainsaw and soon Theseus is free, after a big cuddle he happily continues grazing...


February 1 2014
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In March 2013 we had a call  from someone, alerting us to the plight of this little donkey abandoned and wandering in the remote hills near Karame, South Crete.

Our friend Kim kept him safe, fed & watered and away from the dangers of the road and cliffs.... After arranging a trailer we brought him to Agia Marina.  We chose this name as we think he is a very brave donkey to survive so many days in the arrid rocky Sth. Crete mountains, not only this but a donkey dealer had heard he was roaming in the hills and was coming after him !! another day and it may have been too late 


Our very grateful thanks to Kim for alerting us to the plight of this little donkey abandoned and wandering in the remote hills near Karame, South Crete.
For now he is safe, fed & watered and away from the dangers of the road and cliffs.... After going missing twice and an arduous journey through the mountains Fanis finally brings Theseus to safety.....

Apollo comes up to say 'welcome Theseus' while shy Phaedra has a little discreet peek from behind....

Our lovely new donkey Theseus ( pron. Th-e-say-us ) the day our friend Kim found him roaming alone in the remote South Crete hills.
Theseus is a friendly donkey and very affectionate too which makes us think that he must have been loved, we just wish he could tell us his life story