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.