Minotaur Picture

The product of an unholy union between Queen Pasiphae and the Cretan Bull -- a bull which King Minos (Pasiphae's husband) was meant to sacrifice to Poseidon. Minos found the bull too beautiful to kill and kept it for himself and offered a normal bull in return. Enraged, Poseidon punished Minos by making his wife Pasiphae lust for the Cretan Bull, resulting in a savage child that was half bull and half man.

The Minotaur was sealed inside the Labyrinth, and every few years the city of Athens (having lost a war against Minos) had to give 14 youths to feed the beast. Eventually both monster and maze were defeated by the hero Theseus with the help of Minos' daughter Ariadne.

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