Minotaur

Minotaur-offspring of Queen Pasiphae and a bull

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Minotaur was often represented by ancient artists in their work either alone in the labyrinth or engaged in the struggle with Theseus.

In Greek mythology, Minotaur is a fabulous monster of Crete. It had the body of a man and the head of a bull. Minotaur was the offspring of Pasiphae(the wife of Minos).

God Poseidon sent a snow-white bull to Minos  for sacrifice.

Minos kept it alive instead of sacrificing. Poseidon(God) made Pasiphae(wife of Minos) fall in love with it and also gave birth a child. Pasiphae’s child by the bull was shut up in the Labyrinth created for Minos by Daedalus.

Androgeos(a son of Minos) was killed by the Athenians. Minos took revenge by demanding seven Athenian youths and seven maidens would be sent every ninth year (or, according to another version, every year) to be devoured by the Minotaur

When the third time of sacrifice occurred,  Theseus (the Athenian hero)offered himself as a tribute but with the help of Ariadne( daughter of Minos and Pasiphae), he killed the monster and ended the tribute. Later Theseus escaped with Ariadne(Minos’s daughter).

Famous Artist Pablo Picasso also depicted Minotaur in his Most Famous Painting, Guernica.


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