Imagine having the body of a man, but the head and tail of a bull. Now imagine your mom is a human and your dad is a giant bull. This is what the Minotaur had to deal with his entire life. The Minotaur was the most unfortunate character in Greek mythology considering his appearance, early life, and adulthood. The Minotaur had a terrible body appearance. He had the head and tail of a bull, but the body of a man. He was very large and considered a monster and an unnatural being because of how he looked (Karas). Many people also probably ran away from the Minotaur even only after getting a glimpse of him, not even getting to know him more. This could’ve been a contributing factor as to why he started eating people later in life. The Minotaur also had the worst early life of any character in mythology. For one, his dad was a great white bull, and his mom, Pasiphae, was a normal human (Garcia). Many people wonder how his parents were two different creatures. Minos, the husband of Pasiphae, once had two brothers, and they all wanted to become King of Crete after their father passed away. He bragged that he had the favor of the gods and could ask for anything. He prayed to Poseidon, and he listened to Minos. Poseidon sent him a majestic white bull and told him to sacrifice it. Having received the bull, Minos demonstrated his power to his brothers and became king, but he did not sacrifice the white bull. Poseidon became angry, and cursed Pasiphae to fall in love with the bull.
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I believe the Minotaur suffered the wrath of Poseidon because of the greed and hubris of his father, Minos. I pity the beast because Poseidon’s spell that was placed on Pasiphae was to punish Minos for not sacrificing his bull. The spell was to make Pasiphae lust after a bull that Minos liked and did not want to sacrifice and instead sacrificed a lesser bull. Pasiphae became pregnant by the
The Minotaur has a body that is half man half bull. The body is the man and the head and tail is the bull part. Its is the offspring of queen of crete her name is Pasiphae and a bull. It has super human strength and has enhanced durability. The minotaur is unintelligent. He lives in the labrinth eating the sacraficed youth.
In the story between Theseus and the Minotaur, King Minos requested that seven boys and seven girls come to Crete from Athens every nine years so his son the Minotaur could feast (Gods, Heroes and Monsters, 4.11.). The Minotaur lived in the center of a very tricky maze called the labyrinth. Theseus didn’t like the idea of sending young children to Crete so he volunteered to go himself and defeat the Minotaur. Theseus says to his father “When it is time to send the next tribute, I will go as one of them and I vow that it is the last time the Minotaur will be fed with the flesh of any of our people (Myths and Legends, 2006)”. The bravery Theseus had to save his people is part of the reason why he is considered a mythological hero. He volunteered himself to defeat the creature not knowing if he was going to make it himself. He was confident and wise but the maze was confusing and anyone who goes in doesn’t necessary come back out. King Minos wasn’t worried because if he were to defeat his son, he wouldn’t find his way back out.
The Minotaur’s human side would have been less likely to emerge than his animal side that consumed the majority of his personality. He had grown up not knowing any better, he was used as a weapon by Minos, for power. The Minotaur never knew any better. He knew what he had to do to survive and that is what he did, until the day he was slayed.
The Cretan Bull. The Cretan bull was a magnificent but terrible brute owned by King Minos of Crete. When it got out of control, Hercules was ordered to capture it. Once again, having used his great strength and skill to advantage, Hercules entered the halls of Eurystheus with a huge beast draped over his broad shoulders. The Horses of Diomedes. Diomedes, the cruel king of Thrace, fed his horses on human flesh. They were swift, beautiful beasts, but violent and difficult to restrain. Hercules was ordered to snatch them from their owner.
However many argue that it was from the bull sensation that came the origins and inspiration for the tale of the Minotaur. The creature eventually grew for a horrific taste for blood, forcing Minos to imprison it in a twisting labyrinth under his palace, Knossos. Several years ago, Oxford university geographer Nicholas Howarth uncovered an underground cave complex consisting of a dark,
The Minotaur and Polyphemus are different in various ways. In one way, Polyphemus had his eye poked out by Odysseus and his men, but never died. On the other hand, the Minotaur was defeated by Theseus, and he did die. Another way is that every year, the Minotaur was sent 14 children to eat in his labyrinth, whereas Polyphemus just peacefully raised sheep. The last difference between them is the Minotaur was part man, part bull, and Polyphemus was a whole monster as himself.
The Minotaur, meaning Minos bull, was “a monster of dire appearance, having the body of a powerful man and the head of a bull” (Seltman 98). Against his newfound father’s request, Theseus leaves Athens in hopes of returning victorious against the bull-headed beast. In a heroic fashion, Theseus leaps over the next step in Campbell’s hero journey and never refuses his call to adventure. The next step to any hero’s journey is an encounter with a super natural aid, but Theseus’ story takes a moral mentor to gather resources needed for the rest of his journey (Robertson 269). Theseus encounters his unlikely mentor upon arriving to Crete; Minos daughter, Ariadne, instructs Theseus to take a ball of linen with him into the labyrinth in order to trace back his steps after defeating the Minotaur (Martin 129). Crossing the threshold, Theseus ties one end of his ball of linen to the front door and journeys into the unconquerable maze and towards the beast (129). Theseus passes through his first trial of navigating the labyrinth inwards with ease straight into danger. Walking
Overall, I enjoyed the reading. I admire how the author put his readers into a different perspective on this Greek myth. To see how the minotaur lived in the labyrinth before Theseus came
The Minoans were a civilization who flourished from 3000 BCE until 1100 BCE on the island of Crete, were greatly influenced by the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Syrians and the Anatolians (Britannica Encyclopedia). This civilization made major contributions to Western European development in the areas of language, architecture and art. It was the famous archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans who made the astounding discoveries at Knossos in the early 1900’s that introduced to the world the fascinating and wonderful sophistication of these early Greeks (Britannica Encyclopedia). The history of the island has been molded by its proximity to the Aegean Sea. Its geographical location gave it control over the sea and the lucrative trade routes. The Minoans traded with Egypt, the Levant, the Aegean, and beyond to Italy, and Sicily.
The monsters names are The Minotaur and the Polyphemus. The Minotaur is a Greek Monsters that lives in a maze called the Labyrinth. He is part man, part bull and the King of the Athenaeus had gave it sacrifices of 7 boys and 7 girls. He got defeated by Theseus the king's son he defeated him by using a wool of string which was given to him by the king's daughter. He made it through the maze and back out without getting eaten. The Cyclops name is Polyphemus he lives on an island where he lives in a cave and were he tends his sheep. But one day after walking his sheep he found “The Odysseus” and his men in his cave eating his food. He locked them in and ate them they escaped Polyphemus by stabbing his eye and Odysseus men escaped by hiding under
"One of your children shall betray you" Gaia evidently told Cronus: this conversation would lead to one big bellyache. Goddess Gaia convinced Cronus that one of his children would betray him. His solution, swallow all of his kids whole. Poseidon, Hades, Demeter, Hestia, and Hera were all swallowed by their father soon after birth from their mother Rhea. Cronus was in such a rush that when Rhea gave him a rock (fake Zeus) he consumed it like all the other children. Zeus was hidden by his mother until he was old enough to fight his father. When Zeus
There once was a horse named Dino. He lived in greece. His mother and father noticed that when he was born he was to small for a baby so they named him Dino.Why is because Dino means “little sword”. He was very tiny for his age and got picked on by his horse friends. Even the MOUSE picked on him. So one day he decided that he had had enough. He galloped right up to Maia ,the god of growth, and said he said “ I am sick and tired of being picked on” he said furiously…. “So may you make me grow?” He asked. “well little colt I can do that ,buuuut only on 1 condition. You have to trap the minotaur, tame the Sphinx to obey me and bring Cerberus to the underworld so hades can have nothing to prevent the dead from leaving the underworld.
Heras paents were two gods named Cronus and Rhea. After living in fear of one of his children growing up to displace him, just as he had done to his own father, he decided to swallow them shortly after birth. However, when Rhea gave birth to another son, Zeus, she made sure not to tell cronus so the same
Chapter 2 which is called The Greek world focuses on different aspects of Greek culture thorough the years. It starts off by telling us about the bronze age culture of the Aegean .The Cyclades which were a group of more than one-hundred tiny islands configured into a circular like shape were elaborated on. Even though there are no written proof of the inhabitants of the Cyclades left archeologists have found different artifacts scattered in and around the various burial chambers. Various Minoan myths were talked about including "The legend of Minos and the Minotaur" Which featured a king who would brag about getting anything he wanted for from the goods, When he wished for a bull to come from the sea it did. The bull was white and he loved