|Age/God||Classical Age / Athena|
|Unit Type||Myth Unit|
|Cost||200 Food 16 Favor|
|Line of Sight||20 meters|
|Train Time||20 seconds|
|3x damage against myth units|
The Minotaur is a Greek Myth unit with a special gore attack. The Minotaur has a head of a Bull and the body of a Giant Human. They are one of the most powerful myth units in the game for the Age they can be created in, with very good damage, a good amount of HP and good speed. Minotaurs can easily kill any human soldier as well as most Classical Age myth units. Their special attack sends enemies flying dealing some damage.
They are also highly effective against siege units such as Scarab Beetles and especially the Heavy Elephant, as they can send the Heavy Elephant flying and their axe chops through the Scarab Beetle's thick hide easily. In large groups they can raze towns with the proper support.
Scientific name -- Homo taurus
Size -- about 9' tall
Diet -- humans, especially maidens
King Minos prayed to Poseidon to send him a snow-white bull as a sign he was fit to rule Crete. He promised to sacrifice the animal, but when it appeared, he kept it for his own. In retribution, Poseidon cause Minos' wife to fall in love with the bull. Their offspring was the Minotaur, a beast with the head of a bull and the body of a man. Minos had a huge labyrinth constructed under Crete where the Minotaur could be kept. Each year seven boys and seven girls were sent into the maze to be eaten by the beast. Eventually the Minotaur was slain by Theseus who unraveled a ball of twine as he moved into the labyrinth so he could find his way out.
The legend of the minotaur may have originated because of the imprtant of the bull in minoan ritual. Minoan buildings were adorned with bull horns, their hourglass shields covered with bull hide. Early frescoes show Minoan youths leaping over the horns of bulls as a form of sport.