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Minos definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: son of Zeus and Europa; king of ancient Crete; ordered Daedalus to build the labyrinth; after death Minos became a judge in the underworld

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek Min?s Date: 14th century a son of Zeus and Europa and king of Crete who for his just rule is made supreme judge in the underworld after his death

Britannica Concise

In Greek legend, a king of Crete, the son of Zeus and Europa. He gained the throne with the aid of Poseidon and also became ruler of the Aegean islands. His wife PasiphaŽ fell in love with a bull and gave birth to the Minotaur, which was imprisoned in the Labyrinth. Minos waged war against Athens and exacted a tribute of youths and maidens to feed the Minotaur until Theseus killed the monster with the aid of Minos's daughter Ariadne. Minos was killed in Sicily when boiling water was poured over him as he was taking a bath. Many scholars now consider that Minos was a royal or dynastic title for the priestly rulers of Bronze Age, or Minoan, civilization in Knossos (Minoan means "of Minos").

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Minos Mi"nos, n. [Gr. ?.] (Class. Myth.) A king and lawgiver of Crete, fabled to be the son of Jupiter and Europa. After death he was made a judge in the Lower Regions.

Moby Thesaurus

Aeacus, Aides, Aidoneus, Astraea, Cerberus, Charon, Cora, Despoina, Dike, Dis, Dis pater, Erebus, Hades, Hel, Jupiter Fidius, Justice, Justitia, Kore, Loki, Nemesis, Orcus, Osiris, Persephassa, Persephone, Pluto, Pontius Pilate, Proserpina, Proserpine, Rhadamanthus, Satan, Solomon, Themis, blindfolded Justice



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