|“||A legendary king of Crete and the one who founded the Minoan Cretan civilization. Although he is an absolute asshole, he is an actual great leader whose kingdom prospered and became one of the most powerful nations in the region under his reign, and because of it, he was rewarded with the position of one of Hades' judges in the afterlife.||„|
|— Carl Black|
Minos was the first King of Crete, son of Zeus and Europa.
Every nine 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. He is one of the three judges of the dead alongside Aeacus and Rhadamanthus although Minos is the more well known of the judges as well as being one of the more coldly cruel.
Powers and Abilities
Minos searched for Daedalus by traveling from city to city asking a riddle; he presented a spiral seashell and asked for it to be strung all the way through. When he reached Camicus, Sicily, King Cocalus, knowing Daedalus would be able to solve the riddle, fetched the old man. He tied the string to an ant, which walked through the seashell, stringing it all the way through. Minos then knew Daedalus was in the court of King Cocalus and demanded he be handed over. Cocalus managed to convince him to take a bath first; then Cocalus' daughters and Daedalus, with Minos trapped in the bath, scalded him to death with boiling water.
After his descent into Hell, Minos was appointed by the powers of the Inferno to be the Judge of the Damned. Minos became a high-ranked official and grew a snake-like tail. He sits at the entrance to the second circle in the Inferno, which is the beginning of Hell proper. There, he judges the sins of each soul and assigns it to its rightful punishment by indicating the circle to which it must descend. He does this by circling his tail around his own body the appropriate number of times.
Myths and Legends
- According to the "Divina Commedia", as Saint Peter is believed to judge souls at the gates of Heaven, Minos is who hands out accommodation assignments in Hell. The souls that arrive at his court are already damned. It is not he who decides whether the soul is damned or not, this competence belongs to another entity.