Theseus and The Minotaur by Colin and John

Theseus Slaying The Minotaur

Picture from Wikimedia Commons by Barye

The Minotaur was a half bull and half man creature. He was the offspring of King Minos’s wife and a white bull that Poseidon had made. A city was at war with Crete, but Crete decided to stop the war if the other city gave humans to feed the Minotaur. The story is that Theseus (a Greek hero) traveled to Crete attempting to kill the Minotaur. He raised a black sail on his ship. his father told him that if he survived to raise a white sail on his ship. Theseus was successful at killing the Minotaur, but he forgot to raise the white sail. As soon as Theseus's father saw the black sail he killed himself because of the fact that he thought that his son had died.

When Theseus was a boy his father placed a sword and a pair of sandals under a rock. He told Theseus that when he was able to lift the rock he should come to Athens. Many years later he came back and was unable to lift the stone, so he made a pulley system to lift the rock. He came to his father already a minor hero for the good deeds he did on his way to his father.

Here is some reading about Theseus:
Theseus and Minotaur
Drawn by John

Here are some questions to think about while you read:

  • How did Theseus get to Crete and what happened to him?

  • How did Theseus find his way out of the maze and how did he find out how to escape?

  • How was the Minotaur born?

This is a drawing drawn by me (John) I drew this picture to portray the Minotaur. This is how I believe it looks like.

What does he look like?
Before we get to the activity, I would like to say what the Minotaur looks like. People generally know the Minotaur having a head of a bull and a body of a man. The Minoans believed the same. I drew the Minotaur so you could visualize in your head what he looked like.

Theseus and The Minotaur

Picture from Wikimedia Commons by Marie-Lan Nguyen

Here is our activity! You can make a maze like this here:
Maze generators


Try it! only five people in our class completed it.

Marie-Lan Nguyen (User:Jastrow), 2007

Here is a video that will teach you about how the labyrinth came to be:


Rouse, W. H. D.. Gods, heroes and men of ancient Greece . New York: New American Library, 1957. Print.

"The story of the minotaur." the Minetor Companies. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Dec. 2010. <

"The story of the minotaur." the Minetor Companies. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Dec. 2010. < reading