Talk 4 Writing

We’ve been learning to retell the Ancient Greek Myth ‘Theseus and The Minotaur’
Theseus and The Minotaur

A long time ago, there lived a formidable king named Minos who lived on a island called Crete. Whenever King Minos was bored, he took his navy and attacked Athens, a town on the other side of the sea. Desperately, the king of Athens offered cruel King Minos a deal. If Minos would leave Athens alone, Athens would send seven Athenian boys and seven Athenian girls to Crete to be eaten by the Minotaur.

The Minotaur was a hideously horrible and savage monster that loved to eat the flesh of humans. It lived in the centre of a huge maze on the island of Crete. King Minos loved that old monster and liked to give him a treat now and then. After thinking it over, King Minos took the deal.

Brave Prince Theseus of Athens knew that a deal was a deal. But, he was also quite sure that it was wrong to send small children to be eaten by a monster. Prince Theseus told his father (the king) that he was going to kill the Minotaur and end the terror. He promised to change his sails from black to white if he survived.

When the Athenians arrived on the island of Crete, King Minos and his daughter, the stunningly beautiful Princess Ariadne, came out to greet them. Later that night, she wrote to Prince Theseus and said she could help him defeat the minotaur if he took her away from Crete. Prince Theseus slipped out of the palace and waited patiently by the entrance to the maze. Princess Ariadne finally showed up. She carried a sword and a ball of string and told Theseus to put them inside the Labyrinth.

The next morning, the Athenian children, including Prince Theseus, were shoved into the maze. Following Ariadne’s directions, Theseus tied one end of the string to the door. He told the children to stay by the door. Theseus entered the dark, stench filled air of the Minotaur’s lair alone. Using the sword, Theseus killed the monstrous beast. He followed the string back and knocked on the door.

Princess Ariadne was waiting. Without anyone noticing, Ariadne and the Athenians ran to their ship and sailed quietly away without changing the sails; King Aegeus, fearing the worst, threw himself off the cliffs to his death.

Can you retell the story?
Next week we will start to write our own version of this story…I can’t wait!


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