Mythology & Beliefs: Minotaur In Greek and Roman Mythology, Minotaur was a monster, half man and half beast, kept in
Labyrinth in Crete; slain by Theseus.
Minotaur in Wikipedia
In Greek mythology, the Minotaur (Greek: Μῑνώταυρος, Latin:
Minotaurus, Etruscan Θevrumineś), as the Greeks imagined him,
was a creature with the head of a bull on the body of a man
or, as described by Ovid, "part man and part bull". He
dwelt at the center of the Cretan Labyrinth, which was an
elaborate maze-like construction built for King Minos of
Crete and designed by the architect Daedalus and his son
Icarus who were ordered to build it to hold the Minotaur. The
Minotaur was eventually killed by the Athenian founder-hero
Theseus. Theseus was the son of Aethra, and fathered by both
Poseidon and Aegeus.
The term Minotaur derives from the Greek Μῑνώταυρος,
etymologically compounding the name Μίνως (Minos) and the noun
ταύρος "bull", translating as "(the) Bull of Minos". In Crete,
the Minotaur was known by its proper name, Asterion, a name
shared with Minos' foster-father....
Minotaurus in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
（*Minw/tauros), a monster with a human body and a bull's
head, or, according to others, with the body of an ox and a
human head; is said to have been the offspring of the
intercourse of Pasiphae with the bull sent from the sea to
Minos, who shut him up in the Cnossian labyrinth, and fed him
with the bodies of the youths and maidens whom the Athenians
at fixed times were obliged to send to Minos as tribute. The
monster was slain by Theseus. It was often represented by
ancient artists either alone in the labyrinth, or engaged in
the struggle with Theseus. (Paus. 1.24.2, 27, in fin. 3.18.7;
Apollod. 3.1.4, 15.8.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman
biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.