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Minos Character Analysis

King Minos is Athens’s enemy.When Minosattacks a city named Alcathoe, Scylla—the daughter of Alcothoe’s king—falls in love with him. She propositions Minos with the keys for her city’s gates as long as he will marry her. King Minos is disgusted by Scylla’s betrayal of her father and her homeland and refuses to marry her. However, he takes the keys and peacefully captures Alcathoe before sailing away.

Minos Quotes in Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses quotes below are all either spoken by Minos or refer to Minos . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 8: Scylla and Minos Quotes

God helps those
who help themselves, remember, and fortune favors the brave.
Another woman whose passion was blazing as strongly as mine
would now be already destroying whatever opposed her love—
and delight in destroying it. Why should another be braver than I?

Related Characters: Scylla (speaker), Minos
Page Number: 72
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Minos Character Timeline in Metamorphoses

The timeline below shows where the character Minos appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 7: Minos and Aeacus
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War soon puts a stop to Aegeus’s happiness at Theseus’s return. King Minos of Crete is seeking revenge for his son Androgeos who was killed in Athens. The... (full context)
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King Minos threatens to return and involve Aegina in war. As he sails away, a ship from... (full context)
Book 7: The Plague at Aegina
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...bring a message from Athens asking for King Aeacus’s help in the war that King Minos is threatening. Without hesitation, King Aeacus promises to aid Athens and says he has a... (full context)
Book 8: Scylla and Minos
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...few mornings later, Cephalus sets sail for Athens with the soldiers from Aegina. Meanwhile, King Minos is attacking cities along the coast. He arrives at Alcathoe where King Nisus reigns. Nisus... (full context)
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When King Minos arrives, Scylla climbs the tower and watches the enemy troops assemble outside the city gates.... (full context)
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In her passion for King Minos, Scylla can’t decide if she loves or hates war for bringing Minos to her. She... (full context)
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...from around his neck. Then she makes her way through the enemy troops to King Minos. She surrenders her city to Minos and asks him to marry her as a reward.... (full context)
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Scylla screams after Minos, rebuking him for leaving her when he owes her his success in capturing Alcothoe. She... (full context)
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In her anger, Scylla jumps into the water and grabs hold of the stern of Minos’s ship. Her father Nisus (who was just transformed into a falcon) notices her and swoops... (full context)
Book 8: The Minotaur and Ariadne
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When Minos returns to Crete, he makes a sacrifice of 100 bulls to Jupiter. While he was... (full context)
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One day, Minos’s daughter Ariadne helps Theseus—one of the Minotaur’s victims—escape the labyrinth by giving him a string... (full context)
Book 8: Daedaulus and Icarus
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Daedaulus grows to hate Crete and wants to return to Athens. Since King Minos has blocked passage to Athens by land and sea, Daedaulus decides to get to Athens... (full context)
Book 9: Miletus
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Jupiter draws the gods’ attention to Minos, whom Jupiter wishes he could revive. Minos used to be strong and powerful but is... (full context)