Description Edit

In some myths Sinis is a giant. In both a famous picture of him and some sources he has a beard. He was a bandit that would travel the streets looking for a victim.

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Sinis and Theseus



Sinis was thought to be a giant in some myths. He had great strength from his size. This allowed him the ability to bend trees back and hold them down. From this he was given the name pine bender.

Origin and FamilyEdit

Sinis was from the town Isthmus. He was the son of Sylea who was daughter of Corinthus. His father was Polypemon but there was uncertainty because some believed he was secretly related to Poseidon. Sinis had a daughter Perigune. Sinis was also thought to be related to his killer, Theseus, through Poseidon.

Interesting FactsEdit

  • ·      He was also called Pityocamptes which means pine bender.
  • ·         His daughter had an affair with Theseus after Theseus killed Sinis.
  • ·         No one knows who Sinis’ real father was.
  • ·         Ironically he was killed the same way he killed his victims.


Sinis was an outlaw of Isthmus that would travel the roads of Athens. When others passed him, he would ask if they could help him bend down the pine trees. While they were holding the trees down, Sinis would tie one of the victim’s hands to the tree or to two trees. The victim would undergo excruciating pain trying to hold down the tree so they wouldn’t meet the awful fate awaiting. Eventually the weight and strain was too much and the tree would unbend pulling the victim in pieces or catapulting them for miles.

Sinis made the mistake of going after Theseus as a victim. Theseus was on his way home when he passed Sinis. Sinis had asked Theseus to help him. Sinis wasn’t clever enough for him though. Theseus made an end to Sinis. Some sources say Theseus killed Sinis the same way Sinis killed his victims and others claim Theseus struck Sinis with his sword.


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