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Chapter 9 - The Minotaur (Hybrida minotaurus)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 November 2023

Julia Kindt
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University of Sydney
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This chapter explores hybridity by exploring the figure of the Minotaur in the context of a number of similar ancient creatures, such as the centaurs and satyrs, and of the god of shepherds, flocks, and the wild: Pan. It illustrates that the peculiar hybridity of the Minotaur and the ancient story explaining his genesis raise questions about the scope and limits of human intervention into the realm of nature. It shows that, rather than exploring the limits of the human in positive ways, the figure of the Minotaur manifests the monstrous consequences of human transgression.

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The Trojan Horse and Other Stories
Ten Ancient Creatures That Make Us Human
, pp. 209 - 242
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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