Chapter 29: Theseus Cretae
Neptune, the god of the sea, had given a beautiful white bull to Minos in order that it would be sacrificed
The bull however was so beautiful that Minos, himself, saved the bull.
Neptune, who wanted to
punish the king, made it about so that Pasiphae, his wife, loved the bull; the adulteress had deceived the
savage bull so that she could carry the discordant fetus in her womb.
While Minos waged war, the
scandal of the family had grown and the abominable adultery of the queen
was revealed by the two-
Minos decided to remove this shame from the marriage and he built a multiple home
under the palace.
Daedalus, who was celebrated in the art of building, now constructed this labyrinth which lead eyes in
wandering many winding streets.
Just like the Meandrus in the fields of Phyrgi play and flows and flows
gliding from side to side; running against itself, it leads it’s the uncertain waters now to the source,
now leads to the open sea.
So many are chambers, so many are roads that Daedalus himself hardly could
return to the threshold.
Such great is the trick of the home.
In this place Minos had concealed the twin figure of a bull and a youth and twice fed the monster the
blood of the Athenians was the cause of death of Androgeus.
The third lot however (for the youths of
Athens having been sent to Crete had been selected by chance) gave death to the Minotaur.
Theseus was the son of the king, nevertheless decided to sail among all the other youths in order to free
his fatherland from the terror of the Minotaur.
If the ship should return, the Minotaur having been killed,
it would sail a white sail; the youth having been killed, a black sail.
This is going to be the signal to
When the ship arrived in Crete, the royal family descended onto the shore in order to see the Athenian
Minos who had heard of the deeds and the parents of Theseus, now saw how beautiful and brave
the hero was.
“Is Neptune truly the sort of father who would help you?” asked Minos and threw the ring
from his finger into the sea.
“Now bring back the ring to me, a sign of the divine parents.”
added courage to strength, begging all the gods and especially Neptune plunged himself into the sea; soon