Every seven years, he made King Aegeus pick seven young boys and seven young girls to be sent to Daedalus 's creation, the labyrinth , to be eaten by the Minotaur. After his death, Minos became a judge of the dead in the underworld. There is a name in Minoan Linear A mi-nu-te that may be related to Minos. According to La Marle's reading of Linear A,  which has been heavily criticised as arbitrary,  we should read mwi-nu ro-ja Minos the king on a Linear A tablet. The royal title ro-ja is read on several documents, including on stone libation tables from the sanctuaries, where it follows the name of the main god, Asirai the equivalent of Sanskrit Asura , and of Avestan Ahura. La Marle suggests that the name mwi-nu Minos is expected to mean ' ascetic ' as Sanskrit muni , and fits this explanation to the legend about Minos sometimes living in caves on Crete. If royal succession in Minoan Crete descended matrilinearly— from the queen to her firstborn daughter— the queen's husband would have become the Minos , or war chief. He lived at Knossos for periods of nine years, where he received instruction from Zeus in the legislation which he gave to the island. He was the author of the Cretan constitution and the founder of its naval supremacy. On the Athenian stage Minos is a cruel tyrant ,  the heartless exactor of the tribute of Athenian youths to feed to the Minotaur ; in revenge for the death of his son Androgeus during a riot see Theseus.
The first palace
King Midas is a figure from Greek mythology who is popularly remembered for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold -- the Midas touch. In Ovid's version of the story, King Midas discovers the satyr Silenus, who has been missing after a night of drinking. Midas entertains Silenus and then returns him to Silenus' son Dionysus, the god of wine. Grateful, Dionysus grants Midas the magical power to turn everything that he touches into gold. Midas is pleased with the gift until he finds that he can't eat or drink without the food turning into gold in his hands.
Mysteries and destructions
Minos , legendary ruler of Crete; he was the son of Zeus , the king of the gods, and of Europa , a Phoenician princess and personification of the continent of Europe. Minos obtained the Cretan throne by the aid of the Greek god Poseidon , and from Knossos or Gortyn he gained control over the Aegean islands, colonizing many of them and ridding the sea of pirates. He married Pasiphae, the daughter of Helios, who bore him, among others, Androgeos, Ariadne , and Phaedra, and who was also the mother of the Minotaur. Minos successfully warred against Athens and Megara to obtain redress after his son Androgeos was killed by the Athenians. In Athenian drama and legend Minos became the tyrannical exactor of the tribute of children to feed the Minotaur.
The Palace of Minos at Knossos is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Located on Kephala Hill on the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Greece , Knossos palace was the political, social and cultural center of the Minoan culture during the Early and Middle Bronze Age. Founded at least as early as BC, its power was greatly diminished, but not completely dissipated, by the eruption of Santorini about BC. What's perhaps more important, perhaps, is that the ruins of Knossos Palace are the cultural heart of the Greek myths Theseus fighting the Minotaur , Ariadne and her ball of string, Daedalus the architect and doomed Icarus of the waxwings; all reported by Greek and Roman sources but almost certainly much older. The earliest representation of Theseus fighting the minotaur is illustrated on an amphora from the Greek island of Tinos dated BC. The Aegean culture known as Minoan is the Bronze Age civilization that flourished on the island of Crete during the second and third millennia BC.