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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 standard...

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