Once upon a time in the island of Crete, there was a king. This king’s name was Minos. In Crete there lived a great and terrible man. This man’s name was The Great Inventor Daedalus. Daedalus was being held in Crete. Daedalus had built the Labyrinth. But, before we talk about the Life of Theseus we must go back in time.
Once there was a petty quarrel between Artemis and Aphrodite. One of Artemis’s hand maidens went astray and fell in love with a man. Each hand maiden in Artemis’s band of hunters are supposed to swear off men, to never fall in love, to stay a maiden forever. Artemis accused Aphrodite because she is the goddess of love. She had nothing to do with it. Aphrodite got mad and she had Eros shoot the girl and she fell in love with a bull and she gave birth to the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull. The Minotaur was immediately captured, subdued, and brought to Minos. On the spot, Minos told the guards to deliver the Minotaur to the Labyrinth. So they knocked out the Minotaur and sent him into the Labyrinth.
When Minotaur awoke he was very confused. He roared so loud he shook the city. To keep the Minotaur from destroying the city and the great palace that Daedalus built for Minos, the guards forced Athens to fork over 14 tributes a month 7 boys and 7 girls every month for years. When Theseus heard this while he was visiting Athens he announced,” I shall find this beast and slay him with my mighty strength!” When Aradae, who was not standing very far away, heard that she thought, “He couldn’t go it alone, for he would get lost in the Labyrinths winding tunnels.” So she went home and got her prized string. Then, she sought out Theseus and told him when he got into the Labyrinth, to unravel the string behind him. For this, he promised her hand in marriage. His father told him to sail off with black sails and within 2 days length return with white sails. When he got to the island of Crete, it was dusk. He decided he would get a good-night’s sleep before he saved Athens from having to send Crete their men and women to the terrible Minotaur.
In the morning he woke up and had a bowl of olives. Then, he packed a knapsack, grabbed his best sword and shield, and went out to the Labyrinth to slay the mighty Minotaur. It was high noon when he arrived to the Labyrinth. Inside he could only see as far as his lanterns beam of light let him. It was dark and dusty and the funk of over 100 years worth of death and injustice tainted the air. Theseus was here to put an end to that injustice. As he walked on he could feel himself growing more afraid by the minute and the deeper he went, the more unsure of himself he felt. “No”, he told himself,” I must be brave for Aradae she’d want me to come back alive and not torn to bits by a giant man eating monster.” He started unraveling the string. Soon he heard a feint grunt and light footsteps. Then, he heard, and felt, a loud thump. He slowly crept up to the corner, braced himself for what he might see, and then peeked. He saw the Minotaur laying down with his back to Theseus. He wiped his brow and started creeping up. Then, suddenly the Minotaur rolled over and grunted. Theseus froze in his tracks. Luckily, the Minotaur had his eyes closed. Theseus stepped over the Minotaur fearing that if he made one false step he could wake the Minotaur. He made it to the other side without trouble and took a quick glace around the corridor. There were old bones in one pile, and new ones littered the floor. By the looks of it, the Minotaur had just eaten another tribute. He stalked over and came up behind the Minotaur. Very carefully, Theseus pulled his sword out of its sheath and brought down the blade over the Minotaur’s body. The Minotaur was dead.
Theseus followed the string back to the Cretan entrance. When he broke out into the overland, he was blinded by the sunlight. As his eyes adjusted he noticed the crowd that had gathered. He looked, in confusion, and they started cheering. They hoisted him up on their shoulders and paraded him through town. He saw that King Minos and his men were not there.
Back in the palace, Minos was pacing the width of the room in fury. First, Theseus arrived and demanded a pass to the Labyrinth. Next, Minos refused and his guards failed to capture him. As a result Theseus snuck into the Labyrinth, slew my Minotaur monstrosity, and came back alive with the help of the string that, Aradae would be punished for, and was paraded through my city! He screamed a scream that could be heard throughout the city.
The trip back to Athens was disaster after disaster. First, they got caught in a terrible storm. Then, a band of sea monsters attacked. Next, Theseus received a vision from Dionysus telling him to dump Aradae at the next island. The next island they came across, they pretended to keep sailing, but were completely still. They watched Aradae until she fell asleep. Then, took her off the ship and left her. As the ship pulled away Theseus heard her shouting threats. Dionysus found her there crying her eyes out wishing there was someone there with her. Finally, Theseus forgot to raise white sails and his father threw himself off a palace roof in despair. When Theseus heard the bad news, he drowned himself.