"the early licentiousness of Theseus"

The mythical founder and king of Athens, Theseus was the subject of many ancient Greek myths, from slaying the Minotaur and rescuing Ariadne to defeating and marrying Hippolyta, the queen of the Amazons. He has turned up as a character in many works of literature since, from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Chaucer’s “The Knight’s Tale,” and Racine’s “Phèdre” to Mary Renault’s novel The King Must Die.