The Cretan Bull

The first half of Heracles’ labours were located relatively close to Tiryns; the second took him much further afield. In fact the next task necessitated a sea voyage: Heracles had to sail to Crete to fetch the white bull that Minos, king of Knossos, had vowed – then refused – to sacrifice to Poseidon and which was wreaking havoc throughout the island. After a mighty struggle, Heracles wrestled the bull to the ground, trussed it up and shipped it back to Tiryns. Eurystheus dedicated it to Hera at her shrine near Argos, but the beast escaped, rampaged through Greece and finally made its home at Marathon near Athens, where it was at last subdued by Theseus.

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The Cretan Bull

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