The Minotaur: Greek Mythology

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The Minotaur in the Labyrinth - Greek Mythology

The Minotaur in the Labyrinth

The skillful architect, carpenter and inventor Daedalus, who having been banished from Athens for the murder of his nephew, Talos, in a fit of jealousy, lived in Crete, where he had assisted the Queen.

At the time there was a god called poseidon. Now, King Minos was meant to sacrifice a certain white bull to Poseidon but he didn’t do it because of its beauty. Because of this, Poseidon made Daedalus construct a wooden cow on wheels, hollowed out on the inside, sewed up in the hide of a cow which he had skinned, and set it in the meadow where the bull used to graze. Then Pasiphae introduced herself into the wooden cow, and so the bull, taking the wooden cow for a real one, came and coupled with her. after some time, she gave birth to Asterius, a monster who had the head and tail of a bull and the body of a man who later became known as the Minotaur.

King Minos was ashamed for himself and Pasiphae so he ordered Daedalus to construct a large labyrinth and hide the Minotaur at the end. After the labyrinth was built, King Minos found out that Daedalus had been involved in the plot of the birth of the Minotaur, so he threw Daedalus and his son, Icarus, into the labyrinth aswell.

Pasiphae helped Daedalus and Icarus escape the labyrinth by escaping by air, flying as birds flew. Icarus, however, was so thrilled with the exhilaration and splendour of his new-found freedom, that he soon flew so high that the sun melted the wax that was holding his feathers together. Because of this, Icarus plummeted down, down into the sea below and died. The island Daedalus buried his son on was later name Icarus, after his son.

King Minos received seven males and seven females each year from another King to feed the Minotaur as the Minotaur preferred to eat humans (although he was also fed other things). When many young men had been destroyed by the Minotaur in the the Labyrinth, Theseus (who later became King of Athens) was numbered among those who were sent as the third tribute to the Minotaur. It was then that the daughter of King Minos, Princess Ariadne, fell in love with Theseus, and obtained the secret to the Labyrinth from Daedalus, disclosed the way out to Theseus.

Theseus killed the Minotaur in the last part of the Labyrinth; and with the help of Ariadne, he found his way out, fled from Crete, and came to Naxos with his lover, Ariadne. Theseus also rescued all the remaining survivors in the Labyrinth.

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30th Dec 2013 (#)


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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
30th Dec 2013 (#)

Well all it took was a piece of string and listening to the sounds carefully to enter into the place and then slay the beast and follow the string back into the open and make the great escape.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Dec 2013 (#)

Fascinating tale from yonder - siva

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