|Pasiphae (2000) [Novel]|
by Peter Huby
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(From the publisher):
Peter Huby explores the dangerous passion of Pasiphae, Queen of Crete. Based on one of the most powerful and haunting of the Greek myths, this is a novel that deals with extremes - not just in its focus on sexual taboo - but all the extremes of passion, power and revenge.
In Greek mythology Pasiphae, the wife of King Minos of Crete, develops an extreme and uncontrollable passion for a white bull. She persuades the inventor Daedalus to help her consummate it, becomes pregnant and gives birth to the Minotaur.
When Minos discovers this, his rage turns on Daedalus, whose immediate death he demands. Daedalus and his son Icarus flee. Using wings that the inventor has made, they fly across the sea but Icarus dies during the flight. Minos, however, continues his pursuit but it is he himself who ends up being killed.
Original title: Pasiphae
Genre: Mythology→ Reinterpretations
Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Greece