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Cretan Bull
Cretan Bull vs Heracles
General Info
Mythology Greek mythology
Consort Pasiphaë
Children Minotaur
The Cretan Bull in Greek mythology is the bull Pasiphaë fell in love with, which led to the birth of the Minotaur. It was
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Heracles captures the bull

sent to Minos by Poseidon, to be sacrificed to him. However, Minos, seeing the bull, kept it for himself. Poseidon, with Aphrodite's help, inspired an unnatrual lust for the bull in Pasiphae. She secretly commissioned Daedalus to build a wooden cow to help her mate with the bull. She eventually gave birth and the Minotaur was the product of this affair.  In other accounts, the Cretan Bull abducted Europa
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Pasiphae nurses the Minotaur

The capture of the Cretan Bull was the seventh of the twelve labours of Heracles.

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