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The Death of Aegeas

Theseus, the son of King Aegeus of Athens, when leaving for Crete to fight the Minotaur, had agreed with his father to raise a white flag on his ship as he returned to Athens, if everything had gone well on Crete. He forgot to do so when he returned victorious, and Aegeus, who was watching for the return of the ships, was so distraught that he cast himself into the sea which has henceforth been called the Aegean Sea.