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Cretan Bull

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Cretan Bull [r]: A ferocious creature which, according to Greek mythology, was the sixth labor of Heracles. [e]

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(PD) Photo of a painting: Antonio da Correggio
Heracles, according to Greek mythology, had to catch the ferocious Cretan Bull, which was one of numerous creatures as well as gods and goddesses, humans, hybrids, mystical forces, sea creatures, nymphs, winged avengers such as Harpies and more which formed the basis of Greek culture. These stories have been a vital part of Western civilization and have been source material for Renaissance painters such as Correggio. Pictured: Leda and the Swan, another tale from Greek mythology.Painting circa 1532.
Mosaic of Heracles wrestling with the Marathonian or Cretan bull.