Theseus kills the Minotaur
|Every nine years the Athenians
sent seven youths and maidens to be sacrificed to the Minotaur, half-man, half-bull, that
lived in King Minos' Labyrinth on Crete. Theseus, son of King Aegeus bravely offered
to join the next victims and try to kill the Minotaur.
His father begged him not to go with the others, but
Theseus insisted, and prepared to sail for Crete. He hung a black sail on his ship
but promised to return with a white sail raised, if he was successful.
When Theseus finally landed, he found King
Minos waiting with his daughter Ariadne. Ariadne fell in love with Theseus,
and decided to save him from the Minotaur and marry him. That night, Ariadne
gave Theseus a sword, and a ball of magic thread to guide him out of the maze.
Next day, the Athenians were thrown into the Labyrinth.