Mythology & Beliefs: Sciron
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Sciron was a robber; forced strangers to wash his feet, then hurled them into sea where tortoise devoured them;
slain by Theseus.
Sciron in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
（Σκίρων or Σκείρων).
1. A famous robber who haunted the frontier between Attica and
Megaris, and not only robbed the travellers who passed through
the country, but compelled them, on the Scironian rock to wash
his feet, during which operation he kicked them with his foot
into the sea. At the foot of the rock there was a tortoise,
which devoured the bodies of the robber's victims. He was
slain by Theseus, in the same manner in which he had killed
others (Plut. Thes. 10 ; Diod. 4.59; Strab. ix. p.391; Paus.
1.44.12; Schol. ad Eur. Hipp. 976 ; Ov. Met. 7.445). In the
pediment of the royal Stoa at Athens, there was a group of
figures of burnt clay, representing Theseus in the act of
throwing Sciron into the sea. (Paus. 1.3.1.) - A Dictionary of
Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.
Sciron in Wikipedia
In Greek mythology, Sciron (Ancient Greek: Σκίρων; gen.:
Σκίρωνoς) was a robber killed by Theseus. He forced travelers
to wash his feet. While they knelt before him, he kicked them
off a cliff behind them, where they were eaten by a sea
monster (or a giant turtle). Theseus pushed him off the cliff.
The Megarians, however, claimed that Sciron was not a robber,
but a prince of Megara, and son of King Pylus; father of
Endeis, wife of Aeacus. (Plut. Thes. 10 ) A passage in Ovid
(Met. 7.444), where the poet claims that certain cliffs by the
name of Sciron owe their name to the man, suggests an
aetiological origin for the tale. - Wikipedia
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