King's Untimely Death Overshadows Celebration
ATHENS (MP) -- The citizens of Athens rejoiced the successful return of Theseus and
the dissolution of their tribute to the Cretain King Minos in spite of the loss of
their beloved King Aegeus by unfortunate accident.
Athenian Prince Theseus joined the doomed tribute party to Crete after returning to
rule from his birthplace in southern Greece. Athens had been forced to send tribute
every nine years to Crete since visiting Prince Androgeus was accidentally killed on
a boar hunt sponsored by the King. This tribute party of seven youths and seven
maidens was led into a complicated maze created by Daedalus to spend their remaining
days fearful of their fate to come--to be torn limb from limb by a horrible beast,
half man and half bull.
With help from Cretain Princess Ariadne, Theseus marked his path in the labyrinth and
then bare-handedly fought and killed the minotaur. He then returned out of the maze,
boarded his vessel, and sailed for Athens with Ariadne.
Unfortunately, Athenian King Aegeus died suddenly slightly before Theseus' vessel
docked. Evidently the King had been standing on a rock outcropping on the
Acropolis straining to see the returning vessel when he slipped on a loose pebble
and plummeted to his death in the rocky waters below. The returning party then stopped to
gather his remains in a spare white sail to be prepared for a proper funeral.
"This is a very important day in Athens," an anonymous citizen said. "The loss of
my lord and King Aegeus is very distressing, but the future youth of this
great state will no longer have to worry about being sent to their early deaths."
"Quite frankly, I'm shocked!" stated Theseus. "I was hoping to share this
joyous occasion with my father and now have only remorse."
The Cretain authorities were not available for comment on the defeat of the minotaur or the
death of King Aegeus..
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