Prokrustes

Detail from Attic red-figure clay vase, about 450-400 BC. Oxford. Ashmolean Museum 1937.983. Photo. Beazley Archive.A mythical robber who lived on the road from Athens to Eleusis. He adjusted his victims to the length of his bed by racking or trimming them. Theseus kills him on his journey to Athens from Troezen.

Above: Detail from Attic red-figure clay vase, about 450-400 BC. Oxford. Ashmolean Museum 1937.983. Photo. Beazley Archive. © Beazley Archive, Ian Hiley