"But there were names, and the occasional phrase that made sense. PROCRUSTES."
Theseus and Procrustes
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 Procrustes was a bandit who attacked travellers in Attica. He tied them to a bed, then ‘altered’ them to fit it. If they were too short he would stretch them, and if they were too tall he would amputate their legs. Procrustes was eventually stopped by the hero Theseus, who punished him with the same treatment he had given others by ‘fitting’ him to his own bed. Procrustes was too long, so Theseus cut off his legs and decapitated him. This was Theseus’ last heroic feat in his list of adventures as he travelled from Troezen to Athens. Other bandits Theseus killed include Sinis, who tore his victims apart by tying them to two bent pine trees and then releasing them, and Sciron, who forced travellers to wash his feet and then kicked them off the cliff. Theseus killed these bandits in the same manner in which they killed others.


Despite this myth not having anything to do with Daedalus, this reference to Theseus’ story does link back to the mythical artisan. Theseus was the hero who would eventually conquer Daedalus’ carefully designed labyrinth using only a ball of string. This is sometimes interpreted as a lesson in humility.