The legend of King Minos and the Minotaur has helped develop many Minoan traditions and events throughout its culture. In the myth of King Minos, Minos was given a bull from the god Poseidon, which Minos kept instead of sacrificing due to its beauty. This has led the Minoan civilization to use bull heads and horns as symbols in various buildings, hallways, and palaces. This has made the bull a central theme in the Minoan civilization. This is also evident in the Minoan’s worship to bulls as the bull was also painted on their walls and ceramics. This worship of the bulls has come to life due to various gods such as Zeus or Poseidon either turning into a bull or sending them bulls as these were often treated as sacred actions by the gods themselves. This has helped the belief that bulls are sacred which has been a major belief in the Minoan civilization. The myth of King Minos and the Minotaur has also given rise to the Minoan Bull Leaping ritual. In this ritual Minoan boys and girls will vault or preform acrobatics over a charging bull. Although participants can die during this event, it can serve as a direct reference to how boys and girls were sacrificed to the Minotaur in the myth of King Minos due to the punishment Minos forced upon the Athenians. It also showed the courage and strength of Theseus. He volunteered to be a sacrifice, only to find the Minotaur and slay it in order to free his people from the oppression that King Minos had over the land. In conclusion, the myth of King Minos and the Minotaur has led to the continued evolution of the Minoan civilization for many years. As the story of King Minos and the Minotaur continued to grow around the world, so has our understanding of the Minoan civilization.
Kathy Yannopoulos December 3, 2010 MD&R King Minos
A King and His Folly
King Minos became King of Crete with the help of Poseidon by receiving a bull from the sea. Poseidon ordered King Minos to sacrifice the gleaming white bull to him. However, King Minos, blinded by his own greed, breaks his promise and keeps the beautiful bull while offering a bull from his herd. As a punishment, Poseidon inspires Pasiphae’s strong lust for the bull, and she eventually schemes with Daedalus….
Terror beneath the Cretan Castle
In the ancient city of Crete lies a terror of a beast. King Minos's beloved "pet" as many of the citizens of the city called it was a ferocious creature indeed. For the time and age you may think it to be a lion, or a great bear of some sort but in fact it was something only from one's own imagination could conjure up. It was a creature unlike any other and said to be kept in a maze-like structure beneath the castle whose designers were Daedalus and his….
Michael “Chuck” Jacobs
Sir Arthur Evans and the Palace of King Minos
In the early 1900s, an archaeologist and scholar by the name of Sir Arthur Evans discovered the Palace of King Minos. After Crete claimed its independence, Evans purchased five acres of hilly land, which he and his assistants began to excavate. This project kept his attention for about thirty years. In this period of time, he and his team made many discoveries that are related to the epic….
ancient Greeks valued creativity with regard to Greek mythologies and their innovative society. In order to fulfill King Mino’s goal to hide the Minotaur, Daedalus fabricates the Labyrinth, a jail that “[is] so complex that no one who [enters] it could ever find a way out” (“Daedalus”). Due to his creativity, Daedalus is able to construct a sturdy and secure creation so that the Minotaur doesn’t escape. Since it is inescapable, the jail exhibits Daedalus’s extraordinary creativity. Importantly, the….
Theseus and the Minotaur
Long, long ago, there was a king named Minos. This king lived on a remarkable island called Crete. King Minos had every single thing any king could ever want. Sometimes, King Minos would send his navy to the tiny village of Athens, which was across the sea.
The king of Athens didn’t have a clue what to do. He was so desperate. He thought if he had some time, he too would build a strong navy, and send King Minos packing the next time he attacked. Then the king of Athens….
the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, it centres around an early civilisation on the island of Crete, it is a myth told long before Athens became the ruling capital. It is the legend of the Minotaur.
The legend of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth of Knossos in Crete has enthralled many historians, archaeologists over, anthropologists and so on over years, even centuries. However, one archaeologist was captivated by the entrancing and beauty of the myth of The Minotaur and the Palace in Knossos was….
and the Minotaur
The story of the Minotaur started off when the god Zeus became interested with a princess named Europa. In order to get her, Zeus transformed himself into a magnificent bull and with it persuaded Europa to climb on his back. With Europa on his back, Zeus sped off to the island of Crete. After reaching the island, Zeus resumed in his manly form again. From Europa and Zeus their son Minos was born. When Minos was older, he became the King of Crete marrying Pasiphae.
Minos was seen….
Theseus and the Minotaur
King Minos and Queen Pasiphae were married. But, the queen had a baby with a bull. The baby was the Minotaur. The Minotaur is the monster that has the body of a man and the head of a bull. King Minos was embarrassed of this, so he hid the Minotaur in a huge labyrinth, which was built by Daedalus. The labyrinth was located in Crete. King Minos sent his enemies into the labyrinth to be eaten by the Minotaur. Once, King Minos’ son, Androgeus, went to Athens to attend the Panathenaic….
Ovid’s Theseus and the Minotaur, since its historical founding, has appeared, and been connected, numerous sources. These sources range from political propaganda, cultural norms, sociological structures, and psychological behaviors. Such sources can, indeed, be connected to the treatment of prisoners of war in either military, civilian, or government, situations. Military regimes has historically been well associated with the torture of inmates or prisoners, with such methods being considered inhumane….
The Rape of Europa to the Judge of Minos
In the story Oedipus, Levi -Strauss analyses and uses a structuralism approach to find the true meaning of the Greek myths in which he studied. He uses two techniques to find out the meanings, the chronological order of the events and the similar motifs that surround the story. In the story of Oedipus Levi-Strauss points out that there is killing of relatives and incest. But, he also sees the killing of a monster (a heroic act) which or pairs of opposite….