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Minos
PERFORMER John Wood
DEBUT 1991

In Greek mythology, Minos was the king of Crete, the father of Ariadne, and the son of Zeus. Minos was featured in The StoryTeller: Greek Myths episode "Daedalus and Icarus".

King Minos comissioned Daedalus to construct the Labyrinth to house the monstrous Minotaur. Minos then cast Daedalus and his son Icarus into the Labyrinth.

Daedalus managed to escape and flee Crete. King Minos pursued Daedalus and soon came to the court of Cocalus where Daedalus was hiding. Minos offered a reward to whoever could lead a thread through a spiral seashell - a task only Daedalus could solve.

When Minos saw that someone had solved the puzzle, he demanded that Cocalus surrender Daedalus. However Daedalus persuaded Minos to relax and take a bath before taking him away to be killed. Minos agreed, and was consequently murdered by Daedalus - who used his knowledge of the plumbing system to fill Minos' bath with boiling water.

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