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May 30, 2015

Aegeus VS Aegean

Mythology has it that Aegeus, the father of Theseus who travelled to Crete to kill the Minotaur, fell into the sea because of a misunderstanding. Theseus promised to Aegeus to put up white sails when he would come back from Crete, to let him know in advance that he is alive. However, Theseus did manage to kill the Minotaur and find his way out with the thread of Ariadne, and he took Ariadne with him back to Athens. After a stop at the island of Naxos to celebrate the victory of Theseus, Ariadne fall asleep on the shore and she did not enter to the boat, while Theseus forgot to put up the white sails. As King Aegeus was waiting to see the sails of the boat from Cape Sounio, he saw the black sails and he though that his son was dead. From his despair, Aegeus fell into the sea from the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounio and gave his name to the Aegean Sea. Will you dare to sail your winds in the Aegean?

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