The Minotaur is a monster from Greek mythology that’s half bull and half man. The beast lived within the island nation of Crete and was created because of a failed vow made by Minos, king of Crete.
Minos had prayed to Poseidon, god of the ocean, for an indication that might present his approval of Minos’s proper to rule: a snow-white bull. Minos swore to sacriﬁce the bull as an providing to the god.
Even as Minos ﬁnished his prayer, it was answered. The god Poseidon despatched a magniﬁcent white bull that climbed majestically up from the waves. But as quickly as Minos noticed the splen-
did beast, he thought it a disgrace and a waste to sacriﬁce it. Surely so mighty a bull ought to sire calves among the many royal herd. So Minos saved the bull and sacriﬁced a lesser one instead.
When Poseidon discovered of Minos breaking his vow, the god took merciless revenge. He precipitated Minos’s spouse, Pasiphae, to fall in love with the bull. She ordered the well-known inventor Daedalus to make a picket cow for her. Pasiphae climbed into the decoy and fooled the white bull. The offspring of this unnatural coupling was the Minotaur.
The Minotaur had the top and tail of a bull, the physique of a person, and the fury of man and bull mixed. It precipitated such hurt to Crete that Minos summoned Daedalus to construct an amazing underground labyearinth, from which there might be no escape. The Minotaur was thrown into the labyearinth. But it nonetheless raged and hungered, and its fury shook the partitions of Minos’s palace. To appease the Minotaur, yearly for 9 years, seven youths and 7 maidens had been despatched to Crete and sacriﬁced to the Minotaur.
Theseus, son of the king of Athens, went to Crete as a volunteer sacriﬁce, planning to finish the Minotaur’s cruelty. So good-looking and courageous was the hero that Minos’s daughter, Ariadne, fell in love with him. She promised to present Theseus the best way out and in of the labyearinth if he would promise, upon his return from the maze, to take her with him and marry her. Theseus agreed.
Ariadne gave Theseus a ball of twine, which he tied on the entrance to the labyearinth. As he made his method by way of the labyearinth, he unwound the twine. At final, Theseus discovered the Minotaur and slew it. Then he made his method again out of the labyearinth by following the twine.
When Theseus left Crete, he took Ariadne with him, however he deserted her earlier than they reached Athens.