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Minos



The name of two mythological kings of Crete. The first is said to have been the son of Zeus and Europa, the brother of Rhadamanthus, the father of Deucalion and Ariadne, and, after his death, a judge of the shades in Hades. The second, grandson of the former, was son of Lycastus and Ida, and, with Zeus's help, author of the Laws of Minos. Homer and Hesiod, know only one Minos, son and friend of Zeus and king of Knossos, where in 1900–05, Sir Arthus Evans laid bare the vast substructure of what may have been his palace.


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