Dante’s Inferno, Canto 12: THE MINOTAUR


Engraver: August Doré


Half-human, half-bull

Minotaur feasted on the flesh

Of Athens’ tribute


NOTE: In the INFERNO, the guards of the damned are often from mythology. The Minotaur is the half-human, half-bull offspring of Pasiphaë, the wife of King Minos of Crete. With the help of Daedalus, who created the form of an artificial cow in which she crept, Pasiphaë mated with a bull. Athens sent seven youths and seven maidens as tribute to Crete periodically; the Minotaur devoured these young people. Eventually, Theseus of Athens killed the Minotaur with the help of Ariadne, King Minos’ daughter. The Minotaur is angry at Theseus for killing him and is an appropriate guard for the violent.




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