(2 syl.). Lord and governor of Athens, called by Chaucer Duke
Theseus. He married Hippolita, and as he returned home with his bride,
and Emily her sister, was accosted by a crowd of female suppliants, who
complained of Creon, King of Thebes. The Duke forthwith set out for
Thebes, slew Creon, and took the city by assault. Many captives fell
into his hands, amongst whom were the two knights named Palamon and
Arcite (q.v.). (Chaucer The Knight's Tale.)
The Christian Theseus.
Roland the Paladin.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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