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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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