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Pasiphaë was the wife of Minos, the king of Crete. She was the daughter of the sun-god Helios and the Oceanid Rhode, and with Minos mothered five significant children: Catreus, Phaedra, Deucalion, Ariadne, and Androgeos.

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Pasiphae nurses the Minotaur

After Minos' selfishness in keeping the white bull he was supposed to sacrifice to Poseidon, as punishment, the sea god made Pasiphaë fall madly in love with the bull. She had Daedalus the architect build a hollow wooden cow for her to use in order to fool the bull. The decoy worked, and from their unnatural love came the Minotaur.

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Tectamid Genealogy in Greek mythology
 
 
 
Tectamus
 
Bistonis
 
Agenor
 
Telephassa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Asterion
 
Europa
 
Zeus
 
Helios
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sarpedon
 
Anchiroe
 
Rhadamanthys
 
Minos
 
Pasiphae
 
The Cretan Bull
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alcinoe
 
Lycus of Athens
 
Lilaea
 
Deucalion
 
The Minotaur
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ericthonid Kings of Lycia
 
 
 
 
 
Idomeneus
 
Medea
 
Leucus
 
 
Preceded by:
Europa
Queen of Crete
Mythic
Succeeded by
Lilaea

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