King Minos, the son of Zeus, lived on the island of Crete with his wife Pasiphae, the daughter of Helios. They were rich and powerful, with a luxurious castle. The Cretans worshipped bulls, and this made Poseidon very jealous. He forced Pasiphae to fall in love with a white bull. Pasiphae bore a child, who was half man, half bull.
The bull lived in a labrynth, and could only be satisfied by eating human meat. King Minos, forced his enemy, the Athenians, to send him 7 women and 7 men each year to feed the monster. The Athenian King, Aegeus obeyed for 18 years, before somebody showed up on his door.
It was a handsome, young man called Theseus, the King's son. Aegeus was very happy to see Theseus and welcomed him, but Theseus offered to be one of the 14 people to be sent off to the minitour. Aegeus tried to stop him leaving with the 14, but Theseus insisted, declaring he would kill the minitour. Theseus told Aegeus he would return with white sails if he succeded.
The four Athenians arrived at the labyrinth, where they met a beautiful woman, King Minos' daughter, Ariadne. She instantly fell in love with Theseus, and gave him a magic ball of string so he wouldn't get lost, in return for him taking her away with him when he won. He gave her his word and entered the labyrinth.
Theseus found the labyrinth and, after a hard battle, killed the Minitour.The Athenians hurried from Cretan with Ariadne. They stopped for the night on an island, but in their haste, they left Ariadne behind. She was spotted by the God Dionysus who made her his wife.
As Theseus rushed, he forgot to change his sail from black to white. When his father saw his black sail, he couldn't bear to live and jumped off a cliff. Theseus came home a hero, and a King, but could not forgive himself for his father's death and was filled with grief.