sea, which was hence called the Aegean after
him. The Greek writers say that he cast himself down from the rock of the acropolis.
Pausanius describes the exact point from which he fell, to wit the lofty bastion at the
western end of the acropolis, on which in after ages the elegant little temple of
Wingless Victory stood and still stands. It commands a wonderful view over the ports of
Athens and away across the sea to
Aegina and the coast of Peloponnese, looming clear and blue through the
diaphanous Attic air in the far distance. A better look out the old man could not have
chosen from which to watch, with straining eyes, for the white or scarlet sail of his
But Theseus succeeded to the sovereignty of
Athens, and killed the sons of Pallas, fifty
in number;Pallas was the brother of Aegeus （see
above, Apollod. 3.15.5）; hence his fifty sons
were cousins to Theseus.