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In Greek mythology, Minos (/ˈmnɒs, -nəs/; Greek: Μίνως, Ancient: [mǐːnɔːs] Modern: [ˈminos]) was a King of Crete, son of Zeus and Europa. Every nine years, he made King Aegeus pick seven young boys and seven young girls[1] 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.

Gustave Doré's illustration of King Minos for Dante Alighieri's Inferno

The archeologist Sir Arthur Evans named the Minoan civilization of Crete after him.