What Heracles Did to the Cretan Bull

What Heracles Did to the Cretan Bull

Capturing the Cretan Bull was the 7th of Heracles’ 12 labors. The story goes down like this. Minos was the King of Crete, and he had control over many of the islands in the seas around Greece. He was so powerful that the Athenians sent him a tribute every year. There are lots of storied involving bulls and Crete. One of them involves how Zeus carried Minos’ mother Europe to Crete. This is how the Cretans became fond of the sport of bull-leaping.

Anyway, back to the story. Minos himself wanted to show that he was worthy and to prove his claim to the throne. This is why he made a pact with Poseidon. He promised the sea god that he would sacrifice whatever the god would send him from the sea. Poseidon sent him a giant and beautiful white bull. However, Minos thought that it would be a shame to kill it and sacrificed another bull.

What Heracles Did to the Cretan BullWhat Heracles Did to the Cretan Bull

When he found out, Poseidon was furious with Minos for breaking his promise to him. In a fit of anger, he made the bull crazy and it went on a rampage all over Crete. In a weird turn of events, Minos’ wife, Pasiphae fell in love with the animal. As a result, she gave birth to the Minotaur, a monster with the head of a bull and body of a man. Minos had to shut up this beast in the Labyrinth, a huge maze underneath the palace.

When Hercules got to Crete, he had to wrestle the Cretan Bull and drive it back to king Eurystheus. He managed to do so and gave it to Eurystheus, but he set it free at some point. The, the bull began wrecking rampage around a city in Athens.

easily wrestled the bull to the ground and drove it back to King Eurystheus. Eurystheus was too scared of it and did not know what to do with the bull. Therefore, Heracles decided to just fling it into the sky, where it became the constellation Taurus.

 

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