Kratos' encounter with the Hydra, on the Aegean Sea

The Aegean Sea is a large body of water on the eastern side of Greece. It connects with the much larger Mediterranean Sea.

History and Greek Mythology

According to the tale of King Minos and the Minotaur, the Aegean sea was named after the Mycenaean King Aegeas. Before his son, Theseus, would embark on his journey to Knossos to slay the Minotaur, he gave him a white sail for the ship he would use to travel from Athens to Crete and back. If Theseus was successful in killing the Minotaur, he would raise the white sail as opposed to the black sail to let his father know of his fate long before he reached the port of Athens on the return journey. Theseus was successful, but forgot to raise the white sail. Aegeus, thinking his son had died, threw himself off a cliff and into the ocean. When Theseus reached Athens he declared that the body of water surrounding Greece would be named after his father.

In God of War

Blade of the Gods

The Statue of Athena in the Aegean Sea.

In God of War, Athens and the entry to Mount Olympus are on the far coast of the Aegean Sea. This is also the place where Kratos carries out one of his quests in service to the gods. He fights the deadly Hydra and gains the power of Poseidon's Rage. The fleet of ships sailing to the city are utterly decimated and destroyed by the might of the Hydra, who also kills and eats the shipmates and captain.

Days later, Kratos returns to the area of the sea close to Athens to kill Ares with the power of Pandora's Box. The two giants engage in a deadly fight across the sea, but eventually the Spartan is overpowered and disarmed by the God of War. However, Kratos uses the Blade of the Gods (that served as a bridge to Athena's statue in the sea) to jump back into battle, and finally kills Ares. After Athena refused to take the nightmares away from Kratos' mind, the Ghost of Sparta tries to committ suicide by throwing himself to the Aegean from the Suicide Bluffs, but the Gods do not permit it.


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