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Theseus by MachiavelliCro Theseus by MachiavelliCro

Pasiphae, wife of King Minos of Crete, had several children before the Minotaur. The eldest of these, Androgeus, set sail for Athens to take part in the Pan-Athenian games, which were held there every four years. Being strong and skillful, he did very well, winning some events outright. He soon became a crowd favorite, much to the resentment of the Pallantides, and they assassinated him, incurring the wrath of Minos.

When King Minos had heard of what befell his son, he ordered the Cretan fleet to set sail for Athens. Minos asked Aegeus for his son's assassins, and if they were to be handed to him, the town would be spared. However, not knowing who the assassins were, King Aegeus surrendered the whole town to Minos' mercy. His retribution was that, at the end of every Great Year (seven solar years), the seven most courageous youths and the seven most beautiful maidens were to board a boat and be sent as tribute to Crete, never to be seen again.

In another version, King Minos of Crete had waged war with the Athenians and was successful. He then demanded that, at nine-year intervals, seven Athenian boys and seven Athenian girls were to be sent to Crete to be devoured by the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster that lived in the Labyrinth created by Daedalus. It is said that a maiden by the name of Mri Deltos had survived the Labyrinth and took her along with him. She was made his bride soon after.

On the third occasion, Theseus volunteered to slay the monster to stop this horror. He took the place of one of the youths and set off with a black sail, promising to his father, Aegeus, that if successful he would return with a white sail.[9] Like the others, Theseus was stripped of his weapons when they sailed. On his arrival in Crete, Ariadne, King Minos' daughter, fell in love with Theseus and, on the advice of Daedalus, gave him a ball of thread or clue, so he could find his way out of the Labyrinth.[10] That night, Ariadne escorted Theseus to the Labyrinth, and Theseus promised that if he returned from the Labyrinth he would take Ariadne with him. As soon as Theseus entered the Labyrinth, he tied one end of the ball of string to the door post and brandished his sword which he had kept hidden from the guards inside his tunic. Theseus followed Daedalus' instructions given to Ariadne; go forwards, always down and never left or right. Theseus came to the heart of the Labyrinth and also upon the sleeping Minotaur. The beast awoke and a tremendous fight then occurred. Theseus overpowered the Minotaur with his strength and stabbed the beast in the throat with his sword (according to one scholium on Pindar's Fifth Nemean Ode, Theseus strangled it).[11]

After decapitating the beast, Theseus used the string to escape the Labyrinth and managed to escape with all of the young Athenians and Ariadne as well as her younger sister Phaedra. Then he and the rest of the crew fell asleep on the beach. Athena woke Theseus and told him to leave early that morning. Athena told Theseus to leave Ariadne and Phaedra on the beach. Stricken with distress, Theseus forgot to put up the white sails instead of the black ones, so the king committed suicide, in some versions throwing himself off a cliff and into the sea, thus causing this body of water to be named the Aegean. Dionysus later saw Ariadne crying out for Theseus and took pity on her and married her.


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sgvor Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Photographer
great job!
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duesterheit Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
great!
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imthelatvian Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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GioclearDesign Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning...
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wizardydesign Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesome...!!
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strizibaba Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
..e tu cu otic...i ovo je manji bed nego ostat u hr.....genijalno..
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RazielMB Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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RazielMB Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great work!
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MachiavelliCro Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Thank you!
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chryssalis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
How AMAZING work!!:wow:
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MachiavelliCro Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
:heart:
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m0thman72 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
brilliant!
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Rocket-Queen666 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Maze Runner(? jajaj Beautiful *o*♥
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b13visuals Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning work!
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
:wow: Excellent work! :love:
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MissGrib Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014   Digital Artist
Fantastic work my dear !!! :clap: :heart:
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014   General Artist
This is amazing!
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peroni68 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work!
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fantasyfreag Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
oh what a cute story^^
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My only crit is the skulls in the walls far too large to be human. Im sure you did it so that they would be visible to the viewer but it would have more impact imo if the walls appeared to be made of human bones and not decorated with the skulls of giants. But other than that this is amazing.
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Marazul45 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic!
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KristoffersonBrice Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Wow
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I freakin' love Greek mythology, and this is a stunning representation of Theseus! That maze certainly looks terrifying D:
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JJonesJr69 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice
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La--Boheme Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Fantastic work! :heart:
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darkiuby Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I feel a mythic feeling watching this *__*
Well done! :D
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12CArt Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This SPEAKS VOLUMES Wonderful Work :)
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Gwendolyn1 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really great!! :D
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BouncingBettyStudios Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student General Artist
LOVE THIS ART & iDEA CONCEPT.
<3
-BBs
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imhilien Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nicely done. :)
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starkymasna Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work!
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eclipsy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
awesome artwork dear..
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angelic-rhapsody Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
I like how the description talks about Theseus brandishing his sword, but the picture depicts an axe.

Aa, artistic liberties.

Magnificent rendering.  It really has a feeling of enormity and power.
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omorbois Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Inspiring...:happybounce: 
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pjenz Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing work :heart:
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caddman Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing concept and great work...:clap::heart:
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eddywardster Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing work (No pun intended...)
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ChristabelleLAmort Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Stunning artwork :clap:
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nisizenuni Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
waaaw
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zerozamination Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
The skulls in the walls are a nice touch~ Fear 
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Follypop Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
I read about the last one in sixth grade. Man this story is messed up! Especially when his father kills himself. My whole class was like,"Whaaaaaaaaaat?".
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EnigmaCipherMachine Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student
"Keep calm and parkour" :D

Btw...this is epic!
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SoulcolorsArt Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work !
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Lushmoss Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Filmographer
Very nifty.
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jackodeco Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
awesome work!!!Clap 
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ButeWolf Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this
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CristianAC Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
newfangled!  :clap:
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