• Short Summary

    A GROUP OF DUTCH SCOUTS SAILED FROM HERAKLETON, CAPITAL OF CRETE, THIS WEEK AFTER TRACING THE LEGENDARY VOYAGE OF THESEUS, THE ATHENIAN HERO WHO SLEW THE CRETAN MONSTER MINOTAUR 50 CENTURIES AGO.

  • Description

    A GROUP OF DUTCH SCOUTS SAILED FROM HERAKLETON, CAPITAL OF CRETE, THIS WEEK AFTER TRACING THE LEGENDARY VOYAGE OF THESEUS, THE ATHENIAN HERO WHO SLEW THE CRETAN MONSTER MINOTAUR 50 CENTURIES AGO.

    DURING THEIR STAY ON CRETE, THE SCOUTS VISITED THE ISLAND'S FAMOUS LABYRINTH OF CAVES THROUGH WHICH THESEUS WAS GUIDED BY A TRAIL OF THREAD LAID BY ARIADNE, DAUGHTER OF KING MINOS, THE CRUEL RULER OF CRETE AND THE AEGEAN ISLANDS. THE CAVES WERE THE DWELLING PLACE OF THE MINOTAUR, A CREATURE WITH THE BODY OF A MAN AND THE HEAD OF A BULL.

    LEGEND HAS IT THAT KING MINOS EVERY YEAR ORDERED A SACRIFICE OF 14 ATHENIANS, SEVEN MAIDENS AND SEVEN YOUTHS, TO BE FED TO THE MINOTAUR. THESEUS SAILED FROM ATHENS TO CRETE, AND WITH THE HELP OF ARIADNE KILLED THE MINOTAUR.

    THESEUS PROMISED HIS FATHER AEGEUS, KING OF ATHENS, THAT IF SUCCESSFUL IN HIS BID TO SLAY THE MINOTAUR THE BLACK SAIL WITH WHICH H IS SHIP ALWAYS PUT TO SEA WOULD BE EXCHANGED FOR A WHITE ONE ON HIS RETURN TO ATHENS. BUT HE FORGET HIS PROMISE, AND WHEN AEGEUS FROM THE ACROPOLIS AT ATHENS SAW THE BLACK SAIL AT SEA HE FLUNG HIMSELF OFF A ROCK IN DESPAIR AND DIED.

    FILM SHOWS THE DUTCH SCOUTS LEAVING HERAKLEION HARBOUR FOR THE RETURN TRIP TO ATHENS ABOARD THEIR YACHT, THE 'DOLPHIN.' BEFORE BIDDING FAREWELL TO WELL-WISHERS, THEY HOISTED A BLACK SAIL IN KEEPING WITH THE LEGEND. THEIR PATROL LEADER, P.L. MULLER, CARRIED WITH HIM A BALL OF THREAD, SYMBOLIC OF THE GUIDING TRAIL ARIADNE LEFT FOR THESEUS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3RACZA2IZPTKSI8UT7RFA80FX
    Media URN:
    VLVA3RACZA2IZPTKSI8UT7RFA80FX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/08/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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