Theseus and the Minotaur

Theseus and the Minotaur

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  • In Ancient Greece, there was once a ruler named King Minos who ruled the island of Crete and whose father Zeus
  • Zeus needed to  make  sure that his son's wealth and kingdom only grew. When Minos built an army, the ships sailed far and brought many goods back, but they also brought back one of the most important thing of all, knowledge.
  • It was built on three floors which were very high for buildings of those days. Everywhere you went there was the symbol of King Minos's power. (double headed axe)
  • When  King   Minos   wanted   to   build   a    palace , he  asked   the   captains   of  the  ship , what     places   had  the  best     palace.
  • The Kings happiness was almost complete, but there was  that one thing that brought him sadness in his life and that was his son. His wife gave birth to a monster.  It's face was human, it had horns and walked on four feet. In time, it grew into a terrible monster which the people of Crete called The Minotaur.
  • Fearing the Gods would be angry if he killed his own son, he decided to build a labyrinth.  His son  agreed to live in the labyrinth as long as human beings were sent into the maze at regular intervals or he would rage with hunger until the walls of the palace fell down.
  • Every nine years, it was Athens's turn to send it's human tribute to Crete.  King Aegeus had agreed as he was still afraid of King Minos . But on the third time, his son, Prince Theseus says , "Father, let me go to Crete this time and I shall kill the Minotaur and end this misery for our people. Aegeus was reluctant to send his beloved son to chance his life against the Minotaur but as he could see no other way out of the terrible situation for his people, he agreed.
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