Minos


King Minos was a mythical king of Crete, he was believed to be the sun of Zeus and Europa. Minos was raised by King Asterion who gave Minos his throne when he died. Minos then Banished his 2 brothers Sarpedon and Rhadamanthys. according to mythology, Minos asked Poseidon for help considering a sovereignty issue, for which Poseidon sent a great white bull for a sacrifice which rose up out of the sea which confirmed that minos was the true king. But when Minos saw the magnificent beast he refused to sacrifice it, so he replaced it with a different bull. Poseidon heard of this and was angry, so he gave Minos' wife Pasiphae an ucontrollable lust for the bull. Pasiphae felt so much lust for this animal that she wanted to mate with it, so she enlisted the help of a craftsman/inventor named Daedalus to build hollow wooden cow which she hid inside of. the bull mouted the wooden cow and as a result Pasiphae concieved its child which was a half man half bull creature, which became known as the Minotaur or the bull of Minos.

Sources: http://www.pantheon.org/articles/m/minos.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minos


Dante


Dante Alighieri was the author of many books including La Divina Commidia, Inferno (Hell), Purgatrio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise), all written between 1307 and 1321. Durante degli Alighieri (Dante for short) was born sometime in 1265 in Florence, Italy. Dante's father was Alighiero di Bellincione Alighieri, and he was a notary from a family loyal to the Guelphs. The Guelphs were loyal to the Papacy while the neighboring Ghibellines in Tuscany were loyal to the German emporer. This Caused many power struggles between them.it is believed that Dante faught with the Guelphs in the battle of Campaldino in 1289. which led to the defeat of the Ghibellines and the constitution of Florence was reformed and around 1295 Dante became active in the governmant as a magistrate and diplomat. By 1300 the Guelphs divided into two groups the White Guelphs and the Black Guelphs, and Dante was a white Guelph. the black guelphs siezed power and banished the white Guelphs in 1302 with the threat of being burned alive.

Sources: http://www.online-literature.com/dante/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dante_Alighieri

Minerva

Minerva was the daughter of Jupiter (Zeus) and was the Roman Goddess of wisdom, crafts, civilization, strategy and defensive war.
The Name Minerva was not her original name, Minerva was actually a Goddes that was "stolen" from the Greeks when Rome invaded and took over Greece. Her original name was Athena, and her story is just as strange as most of the gods. This is her story according to Greek Mythology:
Zeus had intercourse with Metis, who turned into many shapes in order to avoid his embraces. when she was with child, Zeus, taking time by forelock,swallowed her, because earth said that, after giving bith to the maiden who was then ion her wormb, metis would bear a son who should be the lord of heaven. from fear of that zeus swallowed her. and when the time came for the birth to take place, Ptometheus or, as others say, Haphaestus, smote the head of zeus with an axe, and Athena (Minerva), fully armedleaped from the top of his head at the river Triton. (http://novabritannia.org/who_is_minerva.html)

Sources: http://novabritannia.org/who_is_minerva.html