THESEUS / MINOTAUROS
Maître des Cassoni Campana, La légende crétoise en quatre compositions, 1500-1525
“On the Ariadne thread of his thinking he begins to search for the Minotaur” and, when he does not find it, to ask whether there is a Minotaur at all. If not, why is there a labyrinth? Finally he comes to the realization that Theseus himself is the Minotaur and that every attempt to overcome this world by thinking is a battle where one engages oneself: “I am my enemy, you are yours”
Theodore Ziolkowski, Minos and the Moderns. Cretan Myth in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art
Theseus raised his sword to kill, he recognized his shadow self in the minotaur and became aware of the magnitude of his deed.
Heide M. Kolb
|Theseus and Minotauros, Etienne Jules Ramey, 1826|
|Theseus and Minotauros, Antoine Louis Barye, 1840|
The bulls and their victors just seem to swap places, over and over, as if for them the process of killing and being killed was as simple alternation as undressing and getting dressed again.
Roberto Calasso, The marriage of Cadmus and Harmony
PASIPHAE / ARIADNE
1) King Minos of Crete is assumed to sacrifice a white Bull sent by Poseidon. 2) Minos thinks that it is better to sacrifice another bull which is killed 3) sacrificed. 4, 5) The punishment : Poseidon caused Minos's wife Pasiphae to fell in love with the bull. The result was her son Minotauros.