Sunday, 3 March 2019

The Minotaur

The monstrous minotaur was ferocious.
In Greek mythology, the Minotaur is a creature portrayed with the head of a bull and the body of a man. The Minotaur dwelt at the center of the Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze designed by Daedalus and his son Icarus, on the command of King Minos of Crete. The Minotaur was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus.

Being the unnatural offspring of a woman and a beast the minotaur had no natural source of nourishment so devoured humans for sustenance. Theseus volunteered to slay the monster. He entered the labyrinth with a ball of thread and after killing the minotaur with the sword of Aegeus retraced his path.
The word Minotaur comes to mean "bull of Minos." While, the Minotaur's birth name, Asterion, in ancient Greek "ἀστέριον" means "starry one" which suggests an association with the bull constellation: Taurus.