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Answer: Homer does not talk about a maze in Crete. So originally a labyrinth was a dance floor decorated with labrys double axes. How it came to mean maze has not been fully explained. If the double ax is a symbol for the religion of the Minoans then the word actuall means temple where the double ax is displayed. Answer: There are many symbols for the god Dionysos. Answer: Bellerophon on Pegasos. A picture of this goddess follows: Click Here.


Answer: Religion was an intense part of daily life. Answer: I did not know it was. But he did not destroy it entirely. In Homer the labyrinth was a dance floor. Is it possible that Theseus defeated the Minoan religion by winning some kind of dance contest? Maybe he had to dance with a bull? Answer: It was believed by the ancient Greeks to be real.

The Christian Bible is a myth to a Bhuddist. Successful participants would have been considered heroes. The art appears religious in nature. Answer: There were Minoan goddesses, but we do not know their names. Answer: None have been identified. The court at Knossos would qualify for this. Answer: The fresco is illustrated at: Click here. A bibliography is located at: Click here. The fresco is very original because it is so dynamic compared to the art of the archaic greeks. This is true of Minoan as well as other forms.

A lot of representations of the Minotaur show him covered in strars, why?

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Answer: A number of clarifications are needed here. The Perseus site shows none. It lasted for ten years so it started in BCE. Question: In regards to my question on the dating of the the myth of Theseus, I am left confused. What is interesting is that so much of the Minoan culture is blocked out. One possibility is that the religion became too orgiastic. It is possible that the story of Theseus and the Minotaur is a story of an older Mycenean hero who went to Crete during an earlier period. Answer: This should work: Click Here.

Answer: Corona Borealis is named after a crown given to Ariadne. Answer: The Minoan culture was gone by the time of the Trojan war. Even the assault by the Mycenaeans, which destroyed their culture, probabaly left some Minoans alive. It is possible that their decendents are still living on Crete. See an article on Crete today: Click Here. Answer: The only coin I can find has no characters: Click here. Answer: This is a rotective garment worn by Athena. Question: You say that the Minoan civilization was over by the time of the Trojan War but did not Minos have a son Idomeneus who fought at Troy?

Answer: This was a monster killed by Bellerophon. Answer: Saturn is a Roman god. See: Click here. But the myth is archaic Greek. Answer: Women followers of the god Dionysus who formed bands, drank wine, and caroused to achieve a state of well-being. Answer: Apollodorus, Library and Epitome, 3. Question: What is the date at which the storey of Ariadne and Theseus was supposed to have been lived? Answer: The youth in the following image holds a tablet in his hand: Click here. The tablet is for writing sentences on.

The bull at that times was a symbol of female procreativity. The female was a symbol of the fertility of nature in general. Answer: Maze is a later interpretation of where the minotaur is placed. Originally the Minotaur is in the Labyrinth. Answer: No literature can currently be traced to the Minoans. Answer: Aphrodite made Pasiphae fall in love with the bull. Is this the Minotaur and, if so, why does he have an erection when he is not related to sex or fertility?

Answer: The statuettes that come from Greece are often adapted to suit local taste or the taste of the tourists and you may find imaginative interpretations of ancient imagery. But the Minotaur is related to sex and fertility. One clue is that the Minotaur is supposed to have eaten his victims in spite of the fact that bulls are vegetarians and there is no way that the Minotaur could have eaten the meat of the 12 victims sent from Athens including Theseus. A more likely scenario is that they were used sexually. Another subltety is that Ariadne is closely associated with Aphrodite.

Theseus has to reject her because, it seems, she is destined to be the mate of Dionysus. Dionysus can be related to the Minotaur. He may even be the Minotaur reborn. This rebirth is brought about from the death of the Minotaur through the faith of the Maenads on Naxos where Ariadne is left by Theseus. When the Minotaur is reborn as Dionysus then his relation to Ariadne is entirely sexual. In this interpretation one can see similarity between the Dionysian revel and the sacrifice to the Minotaur.

Furthermore, in this scenario, we can see the change of the seasons, and fertility, related to the nature of Dionysus and the Minotaur. Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. Empedocles writes about a golden age in the following quote: Nor unto them Was any Ares god, nor Kydoimos, Nor Zeus, the king of gods, nor Kronos, nor Poseidon then, but only Kypris queen Whom they with holy gifts were wont to appease, With painted images of living things, With costly unguents of rich fragrancy, With gentle sacrifice of taintless myrr, Wit redolent fumes of frankincense, of old Pouring libations out upon the ground Of yellow honey; not then with unmixed blood Of many bulls was ever an altar stained; But among men 'twas sacriledge most vile To reave of life and eat the goodly limbs.

Also the time of Jason, Hercules, Theseus, and Atalanta. Between bce tnd the gods and godesses work together. Question: Is this a reliable website? Question: Was Minos a persons name or was it a hereditary name given to the kings? Question: A picture of pasiphae and minutaur. Answer: Pasiphae Theseus and Minotaur Question: is it a girl? Answer: The minotaur is not a girl.

Ariadne is a girl. Question: what was the belief system? Question: Who were some of the Minoan god, how were they worshiped? Question: How did the Minotaur find its way into the minos myth? Question: how did theseus kill the minotaur Answer: He battered him to death with his fists. He had no other weapon. Question: picture of minotaur Answer: Click here Question: who are the human religious figure s in Minoan religion?

Question: do the names of the characters mean anything special? Question: what was the double headed ax used for? Question: You are animal? Answer: Minos was a king or a series of kings of ancient Crete. Question: Relationship to the Apis Bull rituals of Egypt? Question: what did the minoans use their religion for Answer: Everything in their lives was organized by their religion.

Question: What is the importance of the minotaur in the minoan culture? Question: Do they have any actual proof that the Minotaur actually existed? Campana — BCE Tampa Toledo Question: what did the minotaur do in the labyrinth? Answer: All the myth says is that when he found one of the children he atethat child. Question: Why does labyrinth also mean double ax Answer: Homer does not talk about a maze in Crete.

Question: Is there a symbol for the god Dionysis Answer: There are many symbols for the god Dionysos. Question: was the minotaur real or just a myth? Question: how many different gods were there? Answer: There were thousands of gods and goddesses in the ancient greek religion. Question: can you show a picture of the labrys? Answer: Click here Question: what did the prupose of bull leaping serve? Question: I need pictures of Bellerophon. Question: minoan goddesses?

Question: who is phedra Answer: Phaedra was a daughter of Minos who became a wife of Theseus. Answer: Yes. But the details need to be made plain. Question: remains of the labyrinth Answer: None have been identified. Question: What is the actul story about the labyrinyth Answer: The actual story has yet to be determined. Question: Hercules Answer: Click here Question: was the bull dionysus? Was this myth part of the religion of dionysus in crete? Question: who was poseidon Answer: Poseidon was god of earthquakes, water, and the sea.

Question: was the bull-leaping connected to the religion of dionysus Answer: The bull-leaping was more likely related to the religion of Hera-Aphrodite. Question: what are maenads? Question: Is Asterion, the real name of the Minotaur? Question: I need pictures of ancient greek grapes and olives Answer: Olive tree, branches, and wreath Marble olive press and stone bench for amphorae olive frond springing from the ground A grape harvest Question: What is the date at which the storey of Ariadne and Theseus was supposed to have been lived?

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Answer: Around BCE. She turned, portraying her outfit to full effect, tilting her head back. Why he was here was what she wanted to ask him. He shan't be in our way anymore, fair Ariadne. We shall be wed as we talked of all those years ago—never fear. You don't mean to k-kill Ast—the Minotaur, do you?

O gods! Her heart beat erratically. She gasped as she realized that Theseus was now directly in front of her; her pure horror in what she was understanding had, for a moment, wiped everything else out of her mind.

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Ariadne looked at him—truly looked at him—and didn't see the handsome, dashing young man she had thought she once loved. She saw a man who saw a prize he couldn't have, and who needed to have it. She saw his concern in only the fact of her horror—he thought her horrified at the procpect of him. This, in fact, was true. He sat in wait, enjoying the feeling he always got before the hunt.

He had told the rest of the Athenians to wait by the entrance. He had even asked one of the servants to hand him his sword and a piece of string. The servant had laughed at him before handing him the essentials. He would show that incredulous servant that he could kill the beast that had once embarrassed him in front of the lovely Ariadne. Beautiful Ariadne, he paused to think about her for a moment, remembering her lips and her smile and her winks and words—O! Thinking of Ariadne and the monster, he remembered what she had said before he'd locked her in her chambers.

He even controls when he changes now! Yes I do love him. He is mine. I am his. This means that you cannot kill him! For if you did, it would surely kill me. He is stronger than a dozen men and oxen; he is blessed with intelligence by Athena herself; he is blessed by Ares in the arts of fighting; Nike has given him the gift of victory. What do you have that is so much better? How do you know that he shan't kill you? That last comment had stung. You cannot beat him. O, he would show her. He would show her just how dangerous he was.

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And the fact that she'd said that she loved him? What an idiotic girl-child. She did not understand true love, what it felt like and who it should be with. He knew that he could win her over if he just impressed her by the enormous feat of killing her would be 'lover'. It was faint, and he thought the pitiful creature had cried something about Zeus, but that was impossible; he was the half-bred, creature of destruction blessed by the gods and goddess'; strength, victory, intelligence, beauty, When he was not as a beast, heart, and a thirst for blood.

He would never lose, for Zeus himself had blessed him. He would scare the human, he decided. He needed a laugh. Besides, he'd promised himself and Ariadne that he wouldn't kill any one. He chuckled to himself as he felt his skin ripple as he changed; that didn't he couldn't have a little fun scaring some idiot Athenian witless.

Asterios blew a soft gush of breath against the human's neck. The human smelled familiar, but he thought nothing of it. A maid passed by Lady Ariadne's rooms. She heard a soft thump and a squeal from inside, but thought nothing of it. Except to wonder why she could never have fun like that. Theseus regained his control. Asterios laughed, suddenly forgetting his control on his temper and all about his promises.

Ariadne was wet but she didn't care. The maze! Theseus was no match for the beast raging toward him. He felt himself being picked up and thrown. Ariadne ran, forgetting about the looks she was getting from people who were waiting for the festival to begin. Theseus lunged between the Minotaur's legs and jabbed him with the knife he'd strapped to his back in the leg. Ariadne stepped forward, intending to run into the maze even though she'd no idea where she was going. She bumped something round and soft on the ground.

Ariadne raced along, the ball of string in her hand, quickly winding the thread back as she followed it. Asterios began to approach the human who'd made him so jealous and who would be nothing but a disgusting memory. Asterios laughed as he bent his head, pawing his hoof against the ground in the universal sign that said; I'm going to kick your butt. Prepare yourself for serious pain. Ariadne burst into a dead end, and saw Theseus prone at her feet and Asterios in full Minotaur-form, reading himself to charge the prostrate Theseus.

Theseus saw his chance; while the princess and beast looked each other deep in the eye, he used the last of his strength and leaped to his feet, yanking Ariadne in front of him. Ariadne felt a cold kiss of metal across her wind-pipe. She had been so locked in the battle of wills with Asterios that she hadn't even noticed Theseus. Theseus saw his way out. Don't follow or she dies! Ariadne shook her head as emphatically as she could with a knife pressed tight against her throat. You can't; he'll just kill you and anyone else if you do follow.

I don't care about me; I can't stand to have you hurt. Stay; you—you need to. Ariadne had one course of action left to her. Let me g-go with him. I have n—no need for you anymore. In all his life—not even when he'd kept the secret of his love hidden, not when he'd lost control of his temper and felt the guilt of killing after—had he felt such deep, wrenching, heart-shattering pain before. Her words echoed in his head as he watched his life walk away with him.

They cut deeper than Theseus' sword had, cut deeper than anything ever before.

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He had known what pain was. Story Story Writer Forum Community. Misc Mythology. This story tells of the Minotaur from the Minotaur's point of view- it's not all that it seems. Who is the Minotaur? Did Theseus really kill the Minotaur? Was Ariadne really in love with Theseus? Read to find out! Minotaur The untold story of the creature of legends Part One He stared up at the young, handsome hero. Six years earlier "Come now, princess," he looked up from where he and the girl knelt by a baby lamb.

He was still unsure how he felt and why he felt, but he did know a few things: He was sixteen years old, by human years. And he was also a freak; a curse of the guards; a plague against his parents. He also knew that he had never, not ever, eaten a human being. He also knew that his temper was famed; he knew that anything could set him off.

He knew that the little princess walked with him as a way to rebel against his parents. He knew that she was an adopted daughter of Crete, not a true offspring of Minos and Pasiphae. He knew he had some strange feelings for her that he couldn't explain. He willingly lumbered back to his cage while the guards encircled him. Four years earlier Ariadne laughed, a sound that blessed his ears. She shrieked joyfully. With a splash, she landed in the dead center of the pond that was overlooked by Minos' castle.

The water's brilliant! He landed right next to her. He then scooped it back up and began to pull, one hand on its neck, the other grasping its tail. Two years earlier "You don't come to see me very much anymore. What is it to you? What if I want to give it to him?

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I know you didn't. I know you wouldn't…. What will I do with you? Who would know better than a half bull? Please, don't go… I'm sorry… Asterios! He made another turn and paused. He heard a voice suddenly; was she still playing? Who was she talking to? He blinked, and was back in his own mind. What—what do you mean by this? Look away while I take care of the insolent slave! I will teach you a lesson or two you bast-. He looked back at Ariadne. I need to have some life without you interfering! He pulled on his tunic, and stepped out of the bathroom.

Six Months Earlier It was time for the Athens to come. One looked strangely familiar… She was behind him again. Ariadne Ariadne crossed her shawl across her bare chest and tucked the edges of the shawl into the opposite side of her skirt. She was ready. There is a gentleman here to see you," a hand maiden called from her doorway. Ariadne grinned; Asterios obviously couldn't stay away.

Ariadne took a step back. He grinned like a wolf. You most certainly weren't so when last we met. This can't be happening. Ariadne was truly horrified at what he professed that he was going to do.


He meant to kill the Minotaur. He meant to kill Asterios. Theseus He sat in wait, enjoying the feeling he always got before the hunt. Laughed at him.

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  • And he would. Just as soon as he killed the monster. Minotaur He heard the human's cry echo around him. Omni Theseus couldn't see where he was going. Where is he? Asterios watched the human with a smirk marring his bull's face. Where does he think he's going? Ariadne pounded on her door, screaming for someone to unlock the door and let her out. Where is everyone? Theseus felt something against the back of his neck, but thought nothing of it. Theseus felt something cold and wet against his arm. Asterios touched his cold nose against the human's elbow. Ariadne threw open the window and looked down at the lake below her.

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