King Minos



King Minos is considered by many to be a son of Zeus, or the friend and companion of the King of the Gods. It was thought that Zeus gave the Laws to King Minos, predating by thousands of years the Moses story.


Minos founded the first great navy, which controlled the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas unopposed. Through Conquest he held many polis, towns or city states, around the coastline and islands of the Mediterranean. Amongst these was Athens. When his son, King Minos II, became its tyranical overlord he demanded that Athens send as tribute each year twelve youths and maidens. These were sacrificed in the labyrinth at Knossos to his wife's monstrous progeny, the Minotaur. Each year the flower of Athenian youth was to meet death.