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  • Procrustes
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  • Procrustes, (also known as Prokoptas, Damastes, or Crusty) a son of Poseidon, was a rogue smith and bandit from Attica.
  • Procrustes was a violent villain from Greek mythology who had a sadistic habit of offering hapless victims a bed that he claimed could fit all - proceeding to stretch those who were too small for the bed and beheading those who were too large. The murderous madman continued this reign of terror until the Greek hero Theseus defeated him and killed him in the same manner he had killed his victims (which, while brutal by our standards, was seen as fitting punishment to the ancient world).
  • In the Greek myth, Procrustes was a son of Poseidon with a stronghold on Mount Korydallos at Erineus, on the sacred way between Athens and Eleusis. There he had an iron bed, in which he invited every passer-by to spend the night, and where he set to work on them with his smith's hammer, to stretch them to fit. In later tellings, if the guest proved too tall, Procrustes would amputate the excess length; nobody ever fitted the bed exactly, because secretly Procrustes had two beds. Procrustes continued his reign of terror until he was captured by Theseus, travelling to Athens along the sacred way, who "fitted" Procrustes to his own bed:
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Pantheon
  • Greek
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Appearances
  • The Lightning Thief
  • Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
Status
  • Reforming
Affiliation
  • Himself
Actor
  • Tim Aas
Alias
  • Son of Poseidon
  • The Stretcher
Height
  • 7.0
Species
Weapons
Home
Family
  • Kronos
  • Poseidon
  • Rhea
  • Kymopoleia
  • Theseus, Triton, Pegasus and Chrysaor
Gender
  • Male
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  • Procrustes, (also known as Prokoptas, Damastes, or Crusty) a son of Poseidon, was a rogue smith and bandit from Attica.
  • In the Greek myth, Procrustes was a son of Poseidon with a stronghold on Mount Korydallos at Erineus, on the sacred way between Athens and Eleusis. There he had an iron bed, in which he invited every passer-by to spend the night, and where he set to work on them with his smith's hammer, to stretch them to fit. In later tellings, if the guest proved too tall, Procrustes would amputate the excess length; nobody ever fitted the bed exactly, because secretly Procrustes had two beds. Procrustes continued his reign of terror until he was captured by Theseus, travelling to Athens along the sacred way, who "fitted" Procrustes to his own bed: He killed Damastes, surnamed Procrustes, by compelling him to make his own body fit his bed, as he had been wont to do with those of strangers. And he did this in imitation of Heracles. For that hero punished those who offered him violence in the manner in which they had plotted to serve him. Killing Procrustes was Theseus's last adventure on his journey from Troezen to Athens.
  • Procrustes was a violent villain from Greek mythology who had a sadistic habit of offering hapless victims a bed that he claimed could fit all - proceeding to stretch those who were too small for the bed and beheading those who were too large. The murderous madman continued this reign of terror until the Greek hero Theseus defeated him and killed him in the same manner he had killed his victims (which, while brutal by our standards, was seen as fitting punishment to the ancient world).
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