Pasiphae

Greek - Daughter of Helius and Crete or Perse. Sister of Circe. Wife of Minos. Mother of Acacallis, Androgeus, Ariadne, Deucalion, Glaucus and Phaedra. Mother of Amphithemis by Apollo. Mother of Miletus by Apollo, some say. Mother of Deucalion by Prometheus, some say. She fell irrationally in love with the white bull that Poseidon sent at the behest of Minos to prove that he was the rightful heir to the throne of Crete. Daedalus fashioned a hollow wooden cow in which she concealed herself to mate with the bull. The outcome of the union was the monstrous bull-headed Minotaur. Pasiphae, together with Minos and the Minotaur retreated to the Labyrinth, a tortuous maze constructed by Daedalus to contain the monster. When Minos imprisoned Daedalus and his son Icarus in the Labyrinth, it was Pasiphae who released them to make their famous escape on wings made by Daedalus. In some accounts, Europa was the mother of the Minotaur. Also known as Pasiphae.
Greek - A Cretan moon-goddess. She was said to be the mother of a calf which changed colour from white to red to black each day. In some accounts, she is the same as Pasiphae, wife of Minos. Also commonly identified as Pasiphae.

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