Mythology & Beliefs: Procrustes
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Procrustes was a giant; stretched or cut off legs of
victims to make them fit iron bed; slain by Theseus.
Procrustes in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
（Προκρούστης), that is, "the Stretcher," is a surname of the
famous robber Polypemon or Damastes. He used to force all the
strangers that fell into his hands into a bed which was either
too small or too large, and in which he had their limbs
stretched by force until they died. He was slain by Theseus,
on the Cephissus in Attica; the bed of Procrustes is used
proverbially even at the present day. (Plut. Thes. 11; Paus.
1.38.5; Ov. Met. 7.438.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman
biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.
Procrustes in Wikipedia
In Greek mythology Procrustes (Προκρούστης) or "the stretcher
[who hammers out the metal]", also known as Prokoptas or
Damastes (Δαμαστής) "subduer", was a rogue smith and bandit
from Attica who physically attacked people, stretching them,
or cutting off their legs so as to make them fit an iron bed's
size. In general, when something is Procrustean different
lengths or sizes or properties are fitted to an arbitrary
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