King Minos by Blade and Chris





King Minos was a Minoan King. He was the son of Zeus and Europa. Minos had two brothers named Sarpedon and Rhadamanthys. Young Minos was raised by the king of Crete, Asterion. When Asterion died Minos took his throne and banished his two brothers. He married his wife Pasiphae and had his children: Androgeus, Ariadne, Phaedra and many more. Androgeus was killed by Aegeus, the king of Athens. Minos had the brilliant inventor Daedalus to build his palace. Minos had a scary and fierce personality and he was also very harsh. The Minoan people were not fond of their leader Minos, but he was respected and feared by other kingdoms.





Here are some pictures of Knossos


"The famous photo from Knossos"Owned by: "yashima"
"The famous photo from Knossos"Owned by: "yashima"

From flickrcc

King Minos had a very powerful army. One of his most famous victories was against King Nisus of Megara. At first it seemed hopeless for King Minos and his mighty army. It was said that Nisus had a lock of magical purple hair and with it his city couldn’t be conquered. One day Scylla, Nisus’ daughter saw Minos from the city walls and fell in love with him. She stole the lock of hair and gave it to Minos. King Minos won the battle and killed Nisus. He was disgusted that Scylla would betray her own father and sailed away without her. When she tried to swim after him Nisus’ ghost came down as an eagle and drowned her.
"Knossos" Owned by: "bazylek 100"
"Knossos" Owned by: "bazylek 100"

From Flickrcc

Even a man like King Minos has flaws. One day a beautiful white bull came to his kingdom. When Poseidon saw it, he demanded Minos to sacrifice this bull to him. Minos was greedy so he sacrificed another animal in its place. This angered the gods so they punished Minos by causing his wife Pasiphae to fall in love with the bull. Pasiphae asked Daedalus to make a mechanical cow for her to hide in. This meeting gave birth to the Minotaur. This monstrous creature had the body of a man and the head of a bull.

"The Queens Boudoir"Owned by: "flickrolf"
"The Queens Boudoir"Owned by: "flickrolf"

From Flickrcc

When King Minos found out what happened he was horrified. He imprisoned Daedalus for helping Pasiphae. Daedalus and his son Icarus flew away on wings made of wax, wood and feathers. Daedalus told his son to be very cautious when flying and to make sure he doesn't fly to close to the son. While flying Icarus lost control of the wings and flew to close to the sun. The wax melted destroying the wings. Daedalus was full of grief as he saw his son plummet to his death into the rough ocean.


"Minotaurus galery"Owned by: "flickrolf"
"Minotaurus galery"Owned by: "flickrolf"

From Flickrcc

Minos made up a plan to capture Daedalus. He set up a challenge for all of Greece. The challenge was to see if anyone could pass a piece of string threw a Triton shell. This would be nearly impossible due to the shells spiral shape. Minos knew if anyone could do it Daedalus could. Daedalus showed up one day and completed the challenge but in doing revealed himself. Being a genius Daedalus outsmarted Minos and escaped again.





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This is our bibliography of the sources that gave us our information:
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