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(Μινώταυρος [Minṓtauros]; Latin Minotaurus; Ἀστερίων [Asteríòn], Ἀστέριος [Astérios]; Latin Asterius)

A. Myth

The M. is a monster with a human body and a bull’s head (first inscriptions on vase-paintings 6th cent. BC). He is a son of Pasiphaë, wife of the Cretan King Minos, and a bull. Some sources give him the name Asterius (Apollod. 3,1,4). There are various accounts of his origins. Minos was to sacrifice a bull to Poseidon, who had helped him to the throne of Crete. In Apollodorus, Poseidon sends a white bull…

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Dickhaut, Kirsten, “Minotaur”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_ID_0020>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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