The 7th Labor – To capture the Cretan Bull

The Cretan Bul

bonvall20a.jpgThe Cretan bull has been on the same side with Poseidon. King Minos of Crete had promised the beautiful and unusual white bull as a sacrifice to Poseidon, but when he didn't kept the promise, the god made King Minos wife, Pasiphae, to fall in love with it. With the help of Daedalus, who was the craftsman of labyrinth and melting-winged Icarus fame, Pasiphae had build a decoration that allowed the beautiful beast to meet her. Their offspring was the Minotaur who was half bull and half man creature that yearly ate the Athernian tribute of fourteen young men and women.

The story

Hercules leaves the area of the Peloponnese to travel to the far corners of the earth and beyond. The seventh labor Hercules has to capture the Cretan Bull whose identity was unclear, but whose indenial nature is to cause trouble.
Hercules was forced to capture the Cretan Bull because it was his seventh task. Hercules sailed to Crete, whereupon the King of Crete, Minos, gave Hercules permission to take the bull away, as it had been cause destruction on Crete. Hercules used his hands to strangle the bull, and then shipped it back to Athens. Eurystheus wanted to sacrifice the bull to Hera, who hated Hercules. She refused the sacrifice because it reflected glory on Hercules. The bull was released and wandered into Marathon, becoming known as the Marathonian Bull.