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Minotaurus
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(Μινώταυρος; Minṓtauros). Hybrid of man and bull (probably as early as in Hes. Cat. 145), with the animal half generally more prominent. The Minotaur is the product of the union of Pasiphae, the wife of Minos, with the bull that Poseidon sends Minos to consolidate his rule. Daedalus [1] prepares Pasiphae a hollow wooden cow as a disguise to enable congress with the bull (Bakchyl. 26). Minos shuts the resulting Minotaur up in the Labyrinth, where either it is generally fed with human flesh (Serv. Aen. 6,14) or at least it eats the young Athenians it is sent as tribute (Minos). The…

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Stenger, Jan (Kiel), “Minotaurus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 03 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e805860>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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