Illustration of the Minotaur.
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In the Myth, the Minotaur, or Bull of Minos and Asterion, is the son of Pasiphae, the mother, and a bull. The father. Daedalus helped Pasiphae get closer to her beloved living bull, and constructed a fake bull costume with hide over it to make it indistinguishable. And soon, Asterion was birthed by Pasiphae.
King Minos discovered Asterion and Daedalus' involvement with Pasiphae and the bull. Daedalus and Icarus are enslaved, Pasiphae left alone. Asterion was raised and cared for as a calf, but due to a bull nature, grew unstable to the point that Minos ordered Daedalus to create a labyrinth to house and trap Asterion.
Theseus, son of Aegeus, volunteered and boasted to Athens that he would be the one to kill Asterion, the Minotaur. White sail home if victorious, black sail home if failure followed them along. Ariadne and Phaedra fell in love with Theseus once he came to Crete. Soon, she panicked, thinking of her newfound love being eaten by her own brother. So, she went to Daedalus, who informed her of the way to keep him from staying in the labyrinth or dying.
Once inside, he kept a ball of yarn as a trail keeper, or "breadcrumbs." The Minotaur was found in the furthest corner, and Theseus defeated him with jabs of his fist ( or the Sword of Aegeus ) coming out alive.
Fun Fact: Ariadne was abandoned on Naxos by Theseus, reflecting on her mistakes of helping kill her brother Asterion. Dionysus found her on Naxos and married her.