Jupiter also knew of it and lusted for her. Disguising himself as a white bull, Jupiter acted very tamely and drew close to her. Attracted by the bull, Europa first touched him, then made garlands for his horns, and finally got on his back. With that, Jupiter wandered slowly to the sea then swam with her to
When Minos became king, Jupiter taught him how to write just laws. Minos ruled so well that the Olympians honored him after death by naming him the primary judge of the dead in Hades. Lycurgus of Sparta (820-730 BC) later adapted the laws of Minos to
The Greek historian Thucydides believed that Minos created the world’s first navy. Minos used it to eliminate the pirates constantly harassing his traders.
Years later another Minos came to rule
For this Jupiter punished Minos. Because Minos had misplaced his affection, Jupiter would have Pasiphäe, wife of Minos, misplace hers. Jupiter caused her to lust madly for the bull. Pasiphäe ordered Daedalus of Athens to construct a lifelike model of a cow that would allow her, once inside, to copulate with the bull. She later gave birth to a human with the head of a bull and an unquenchable rage.
In a fit of jealousy, Minos killed the bull of Jupiter but too late to serve as a sacrifice. Fearful of both Jupiter and the adult Minotaur, Minos ordered Daedalus to devise some way of keeping the creature alive, free to roam, but safely confined. Beneath the vast
One year Androgeus, son of Minos, dominated the games sponsored by Aegeus the ruler of
Furious at the death of his favorite son, Minos asked Jupiter to curse
Years passed until even Theseus, son of Aegeus, had to go. When Ariadne, daughter of Minos, saw Theseus arrive at
Theseus tied one end of the string to the doorpost of the labyrinth. He wandered until he found the Minotaur and killed him. He then found his way back to the entrance and escaped.
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