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Theseus and the Minotaur
Transcript of Theseus and the Minotaur
A long time ago, there lived a king named Minos. King Minos lived on a island called Crete. King Minos had everything he could possibly want. Then, King Minos sent his navy to the tiny village of Athens, across the sea.
The king of Athens figured if he had some time, he could build a strong navy, too. The king of Athens offered King Minos a deal. If he would not attack Athens for 9 years, Athens would send 7 boys and 7 girls to the island of Crete to be eaten by the awful monster that King Minos kept as a pet, the dreaded minotaur.
The minotaur lived in a maze. King Minos loved that monster. He really didn't want anything. This way, Minotaur could look forward to a special treat every 9 years or so. King Minos took the deal.
Although Athens built a navy, King Minos didn't attack as the king of Athens was expecting. In fact, King Minos kept his word and now it was time for Athens to keep theirs.
Prince Theseus of Athens knew that a deal was a deal. But, he was also sure that it was wrong to send small children to be eaten by a monster. Prince Theseus told his father that he was going to Crete as the seventh son of Athens. He was going to kill the Minotaur and end the terror.
His father begged him not to go. But the prince took his place as the seventh Athenian boy. Along with 6 other Athenian boys and 7 Athenian girls, Prince Theseus sailed towards Crete.
When the prince and the children arrived on the island of Crete, the Princess Ariadne, came out to greet them. She did not say anything. But her eyes narrowed thoughtfully. Late that night, she wrote Prince Theseus a note and slipped it under his bedroom door.
I am a beautiful princess as you probably noticed the minute you saw me. I am also a very bored princess. Without my help, the Minotaur will surely gobble you up. I know a trick or two that will save your life. If I help you kill the monster, you must promise to take me away from this tiny island so that others can admire my beauty. If interested in this deal, meet me by the gate to the Labyrinth in one hour.
Yours very truly,
Ariadne gave a sword and the ball of string to Prince Theseus.
Theseus thanked the princess for her kindness.
The next morning, the Athenian children were shoved into the maze. The door was locked firmly behind them. Following Ariadne's directions, Theseus tied one end of the string to the door. He told the children to stay by the door and to make sure the string stayed tied so the prince could find his way back again. The children hung on to the string tightly, as Theseus entered the maze alone.
Using the sword Ariadne had given him, Theseus killed the Minotaur. He followed the string back and knocked on the door.
Princess Ariadne opened the door. Without anyone noticing, Prince Theseus and the children of Athens ran to their ship and sailed quietly away. Princess Ariadne sailed away with them.
On the way home, they stopped for supplies on the tiny island of Naxos. Princess Ariadne insisted on coming ashore. There was nothing much to do on the island. Soon, she fell asleep. All the people gathered to admire the sleeping princess. Theseus sailed quietly away with the children of Athens and left her there, sleeping.