The Minotaur

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The Minotaur In Greek mythology, was a creature that was part man and part bull. It dwelt at the centre of the Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze-like construction built for King Minos.

The Minotaur was the offspring of the Cretan Queen Pasiphae and a majestic bull. Due to the Minotaur's monstrous form, King Minos ordered the craftsman, Daedalus, and his son, Icarus, to build a huge maze known as the Labyrinth to house the beast. The Minotaur remained in the Labyrinth receiving annual offerings of youths and maidens to eat. He was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus.

Minotaur symbol, greek myth, the ancient symbolThere are also several coins from Crete which depict the Labyrinth construction on the reverse side; this suggests that there may be some fact to this myth of the Labyrinth and Minotaur, most likely springing from a combination of the Cretan reverence for bulls and the architectural complexity of their palaces.