noun \ˈmī-nəs\

Definition of MINOS

:  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

Origin of MINOS

Latin, from Greek Minōs
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

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 Pasiphaë 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”).


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