"Minos, king of Crete, asked Poseidon to send him a bull as a symbol of appreciation of the gods to him as a king, promising to sacrifice in honor of the god. Poseidon agreed and sent him a beautiful and powerful bull of great value. Given the beauty of the animal, however, Minos decided to keep it for his herds. Poseidon then, to punish him, did fall madly in love Pasiphae, wife of Minos, the same bull. Although he was an animal and she was a woman, she longed to mate with it and wanted at all costs to satisfy their carnal desires. He did this by hiding inside a wooden cow built for her by the artist Daedalus. The union was born the monstrous Minotaur, a term that combines, in fact, the prefix "minos" (which meant at the Cretan king) with the suffix "taurus" (which means bull)."