In Greek Mythology
, father of Theseus
. Sent his son to Crete
to keep them from having to pay a yearly tribute
of 7 virgins
and 7 children. If successful, Theseus
was to return on a ship with white sails instead of black.
He succeeded but forgot to change the sails. His father Aegeus, overcome with grief, threw himself into the sea.
The Aegean Sea is named after him.