Minos

In Greek mythology, Minos was the first King of Crete, son of Zeus and Europa.

He was a mighty king and a great warrior. He made his labyrinthine palace at Knossos by the great genius Daedalus.

He married Pasiphae .Pasiphae was the daughter of Helios( the Titan god of the sun) .

Pasiphae fell in love with a snow-white, beautiful bull. She wanted to make relation with that bull so she took the help of Daedalus. Daedalus created a mechanical cow for her in which Pasiphae could hide and approach the bull.

As a result of her union with the bull, Pasiphae gave birth to a creature whose body was of a human and head and tail were of a bull. The creature was called Minotaur. Minos was very angry about that and he imprisoned Daedalus in a tower. 

One of Minos’s son Androgeos went to Athens, was killed by the Athenians while fighting a bull. To take revenge Minos, having Zeus by his side, successfully warred against Athens and Megara. He demanded that every nine-year King Aegeus would send seven young boys and seven young girls to Daedalus’s creation, the labyrinth. The purpose of sending seven boys and seven girls was to be eaten by the Minotaur.

Later Theseus managed to kill the Minotaur with the help of Minos‘ daughter Ariadne.

Minos was killed by the daughters of King Cocalus, who poured boiling water over him as he was taking a bath. After death, Minos became one of the three judges of the dead in the underworld.

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