HISTORY 800 bc
The total union of Attica in single state was achieved much later (around in the 800 b.c.) and was celebrated with the feasts of the Districts and the Panathinaion. Districts were celebrated once a year, according to some in honour of goddess Athena and to other in honour of goddess Eirini.
Their celebration began from Thesio, while their name as District or Metikia was later attributed to them.
The Panathinaia were the leading feast of ancient Athens in honour of Poliados Athena.
According to tradition, it began from the age of Erixthonio (famous person associated with Erethea) and was named Athenian.
When later the Theseas co joined Attica the feast was renamed to Panathinaia. The Small Panathinaia took place annually, while the Big Panathinaia were celebrated every four-year period.
With the Thisea, eminent Athenian hero, other events are also connected with regard to the history of Athens, as the fable of Minotaur.
According to the legend, the Athenians were forced to offer to the King of Crete Minoa an annual tax of seven adolescents and seven virgin.
The adolescents were intended as food for the Minotaur (person-bull) who lived in a labyrinth.
Determined to exempt Athens from this tax, Thisea travelled to Crete and killed the Minotaur and with the help of mitou Ariadni it accomplished to come out of the labyrinth.
The myth demonstrates that very probably before the union of states of Attica was achieved the Athenians paid tributary tax to the king of Knossos Minoa.
Thiseas was the one that placed the first bases for the establishment of the liberal and democratic regime in Athens, after it limited the rights of kings in some form of "constitutional monarchy".
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