Theseus Kills the Minotaur. A.M. 2766

WAG 7683


This is one of a group of drawings by British artist and book illustrator Edward Francis Burney, depicting scenes from Greek and Roman history and mythology. Theseus was a Greek hero and the son of either Aegeus, King of Athens, or Poseidon, god of the sea. He was incredibly strong, fearless and very wise. His most famous feat was slaying the Minotaur who lived in a labyrinth so complex that nobody ever found their way out. After slaying the Minotaur, Theseus escaped by following a thread from a ball which had been given to him by Princess Ariadne, who later became his wife.