Minotaur Research Paper

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Gods (Day, 2007). The origin of the Minotaur is somewhat grotesque. As can be morbidly expected, the half man and half bull creature was born as a result of an illicit sexual relationship between a bull and a woman. Specifically, the bull was a beautiful white specimen that was sent to Minos the King of Crete and the woman was Minos’s wife Queen Pasipha. The perfect white bull was originally intended as a sign from the sea-God Poseidon that Minos was the legitimate king of Crete and that his rule was endorsed by the Gods. Although Minos originally promised Poseidon that he would sacrifice the white bull, he changed his mind and decided to keep the white bull since it was so beautiful and instead sacrificed the finest bull from his own heard to Poseidon (Evslin & Hofmann, 2001).…show more content…
An excellent example of the vengeful nature of the Gods can be seen in the story of the Minotaur. The Minotaur is one of the most well-known monsters in Greek mythology. The Minotaur has appeared in numerous Greek mythology works that usually involve the story of the Athenian hero Theseus. The Minotaur has also appeared in numerous works of Greek Art and is even referenced in Dante’s Inferno (Evslin, 1987). Aside from being a famous monster from Greek Mythology, this creature also perfectly illustrates the power and extremely vengeful nature of the Greek Gods- key points that separated them from mortal Greek

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