Greek Mythology: Theseus and the Minotaur

Greek Mythology: Theseus and the Minotaur

A myth well known is that of Theseus and the Minotaur's Labyrinth. Theseus was the son of Aegean, king of Athens, and Etra.

Aegean had slain the son of Minos, so Crete besieged Athens, which was quickly ravaged by famine and disease, so Aegean had to accept the Minos conditions.

The city of Athens was to deliver every year a tribute to Minos, king of Crete. They had to deliver every year 14 young people from the noblest families in the city, seven girls and seven boys, who would be delivered to the minotaur who was in the labyrinth of the city.

Theseus and the Minotaur

Theseus, having knowledge of this, decided offered as an annual tribute despite the fact that his father insisted on not doing so in order to finish off the beast.

In the end he managed to convince him, stating that if he was successful and got back, he would put white candleson his ship, and if he had failed, the sails would be black.

Upon reaching Crete, King Minos himself examined them to confirm that served as sacrifices humans. Theseus, upon meeting at court, he met his daughter, Ariadna, with whom he fell madly in love.

She learned of Theseus' goal and, having also fallen in love with him, decided to help you, since even though he managed to kill the Minotaur, getting out of the maze was an impossible task. Therefore, he gave her a ball of gold thread.

When he entered the labyrinth, Theseus was unwinding the ball to later find the way out. Finding the Minotaur, the first thing he did was go around trying to exhaust the beast.

Once the Minotaur was exhausted, faced him until it expired. After was following the thread that his beloved had given him to find his way out.

The return of Theseus

After the victory, Theseus met with the young men who had accompanied him and with Ariadna. Together, they soon embarked and set course for Athens. During the journey, a great storm took place that made them stop on the island of Naxos.

Ariadna, who was indisposed, got off the boat. Some legends say that Theseus abandoned her, others that they forgot that it had come down, and others that the ship moved away due to weather conditions.

The truth is that the ship left leaving Ariadna on the island Y thus separating the young. The god dionysus he found Ariadna, making her his wife.

Theseus, due to the euphoria of triumph, forgot to change the candles black for white. Aegean, seeing the black candles that signified that his son had failed, believed her son had died.

He could not bear it and threw himself into the sea. Theseus decided to call the Aegean Sea, as his father once ascended the throne. Thanks to his appointment as king, managed to unite the peoples forming the Athenian state.

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