The Creature in the Labyrinth

In Greek mythology, which creature resided at the center of the Labyrinth?

And the answer: the Minotaur.

A stone statue depicting the torso of the Minotaur

The Minotaur was a ferocious creature, with the head of a bull and the body of a man. It lived at the center of a Labyrinth, an elaborate maze built by the architect Daedalus to prevent the Minotaur from escaping.

As the legend goes, the Greek god Poseidon was infuriated when Minos, king of Crete, decided to keep the magnificent white bull sent to him as tribute instead of sacrificing it as promised. As a result, Poseidon cursed Minos' wife Pasiphae to bear a half-man, half-bull monstrosity. To keep this ferocious beast hidden and accounted for, the masterful architect Daedalus constructed an intricate underground Labyrinth.

Each year following, Minos of Crete ordered Athenian tributes to the Minotaur. No hero could think to face this beast; it could barely even be contained. Eventually, the founding hero of Athens, Theseus, could not turn a blind eye to the control this creature held over his people, and volunteered as sacrificial tribute. Once he arrived in Crete, Minos' daughter Ariadne fell in love with the young hero and pledged her help. She begged Daedalus to tell her the secret of the Labyrinth until, finally, the master-craftsman caved in. At his advice, Ariadne gave Theseus a ball of thread, which the hero used to navigate himself inside the structure, comforted by the fact that he would always be able to find his way out. Finally, at the center of the Labyrinth, Theseus met and conquered his foe, freeing Athens and Crete from its control.

...Or so the legend goes. What do you think? Did a ferocious half-bull torment the island of Crete in a mysterious Labyrinth? Check out the video below to contemplate the reality behind this ancient myth.

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