Thursday, October 08, 2009

Procrustes


Procrustes was a son of Poseidon, a smith and a bandit. He lived on a pass on Mount Korydallos which was part of the sacred way between Athens and Eleusis where he used to lure travellers to their deaths by offering them rest on an iron bed. Once his offer had been accepted, he would make the bed fit the traveller, either by amputating his legs or stretching him out sufficiently to fit. Theseus put an end to Procrustes' michief by giving him a dose of his own treatment.

6 Comments:

Blogger kinglear said...

I rather like the eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth form of retribution. It should at least make you stop and think as you chop off bits of people. We , of course, thanks to NuLab have no such thing - kill someone and you can in general get out in about 7 years and do it all again. I'm sure this is part of a NuLab target - increase productivity! Your target is 9 - but can you BETTER your target and make it 10?

11:42 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

... and BTW did ladies not travel then? Or did he have a different bed for them?

11:43 am  
Blogger Eurodog said...

Obviously not the Club Med.

5:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

today its called travellodge

5:37 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Travelling was more of a male occupation, KL

LOL ED & Anon

8:32 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a charmer!

11:10 pm  

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