You have been defeated! Now every 9 years you must send 7 young men and women to be sacrificed to the Minotaur
I have heard of the sacrifice so I will be the seventh man. If I raise white sails all have gone well
Stay safe Theseus
My name is Ariadne, I can help you defeat the Minotaur
Who is this fine lady?
Athens had just been beaten by Crete in a war. King Minos, the ruler of Crete, punished King Aegeus and his kingdom Athens. He demanded every 9 years 7 young men and women were to be sacrificed to the Minotaur.
Many years later, Theseus, the son of Aegeus, heard about the sacrifice and gave himself the task of defeating the Minotaur. However, his father was worried so he made a promise. If the sails were white all had gone to plan. If the sails were black he was dead.
We are finally heading home
Theseus don't leave me here!
Once Theseus arrived at Crete, he met a woman named Ariadne, the daughter of Minos. She made a plan to help Theseus defeat the Minotaur. She told Theseus to wrap a piece of string around his wrist while she held onto the other end.
No! The sails are black. I don't want to live without my son
Theseus entered the maze. Ariadne stayed at the entrance holding the string so Theseus could find his way out. Theseus killed the Minotaur and found his way out. He then invited to take Ariadne home to Athens. She agreed, so Theseus set sail for Athens.
On the way to Athens, Theseus left Ariadne on an island. As they continued their journey they got more excited. Theseus had been distracted by all of the joy and forgot to change the sails.
Everyday Aegeus had waited on top of the cliffs to see if his son would return home. He was shocked when he saw the black sails. He couldn't think about living without his son so he jumped off the cliffs.