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The King Must Die

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Men would be as gods, if they had foreknowledge.

Theseus thinks about why he used to get excited when seeing Amazon girls in the Bull Court. Later on, he marries an Amazon, and she bears him a son, but their relationship is tragic. He points out that we cannot tell where the future will take us, and that if we could, we would be like gods, because we could guide our lives. Theseus does not wish that he could have known what would happen, for that knowledge would not have made his life easier. He merely says that what makes us different from the gods is that our lives are full of surprises. Sometimes we would not want to go through with them if we could tell what was going to happen, but it is our destiny to do so.