Jun 10, 2015

Myths of the Aegean

The Aegean Sea is an extended Mediterranean Sea shoreline indentation that is located between the mainland of Greece and Turkey otherwise known as the Anatolian and Greek Peninsulas. Cruising in the Aegean Sea will take you to the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea by the Bosporus and Dardanelles. The Aegean Sea however has a number of myths surrounding its existence. Aegean is the home of over 2,000 Islands which were occupied by ancient Greeks with some of them featuring prominently as the ideal places to visit for holiday makers.

Aegean in Mythology

The Aegean Sea appears significantly in many Greek myths with some deriving the name of this Sea from King Aegeus. According to the story, Athens was under king Aegeus while Crete was under King Minos. The two islands went to war and while they were at it, King Minos's son was killed by the Athenians. However, King Minos and his army conquered the Athenians who became their subjects thereafter. As a tribute of honor to the slain son, Athenians were to send 7 boys and 7 girls to Crete and these were to be sacrificed to the Mythical Minotaur, a half-man, bull headed monster, which lived in a Labyrinth. This was to happen for nine consecutive years.

At one point, the Athenian king’s son known as Thiseas decided to slay the monster in order to bring to an end these sacrifices. He swapped places with one of the seven men who were to be sailed to Crete as a sacrifice. Thiseas made an agreement with his father, King Aegeus that he would hoist white flags as a sign of their victory before returning home. However, after Theseas had slain the monster, he forgot to hoist the white flags on his way home.

His father who was waiting for his son at Akrotiri of Sounio saw the ship sailing back but did not see the white flags. He concluded that his son had been killed and the mission failed. The story says that he jumped into the sea where he drowned and that the sea was named Aegean in his memory. You can either set sail on a chartered yacht or take a scheduled cruise through the Aegean Sea and enjoy island hopping to some of the most picturesque islands including Santorini, Hydra, Aegina and Agistri among others.

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