Theseus and the Death of the Minotaur

Year in, year out, the tribute was paid. Up to the day when Theseus, son of Aegeus, volunteered to take the place of one of the seven youths in the belief that he would find a way to free the Athenians from this humiliating punishment.

Theseus and the Minotaur's death

As soon as Theseus stepped ashore, he encountered Ariadne, the daughter of Minos, who fell in love with him. Enraptured and wanting to help, Ariadne turned to Daedalus for help – who once again found a solution and prepared a plan to enable the Athenians to escape.

It was simple enough: on entering the Labyrinth, Theseus would take with him a skein of thread. One end he would tie to the door – unreeling the thread as he passed along Daedalus’ corridors he would thus mark the path taken. Theseus did as instructed: eventually he encountered the Minotaur and slew him.

Rewinding the thread, he and his companions quickly returned to the entrance/exit.

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