Minotaur at center of Labyrinth

The Minotaur confined to the Labyrinth


The Minotaur in the Labyrinth, engraving of a 16th-century AD gem in the Medici Collection in the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy.

Icarus, together with his father, Daedalus, the famous Athenian craftsmen, is credited with building the Labyrinth to hold the ferocious Minotaur. According to ancient Roman poet Virgil (in the book the Aeneid), the lower half of the body of the Minotaur is beastlike, while the upper part is a man. However, in some other accounts, it is the other way round.