They say that this bull crossed from Crete
to the Peloponnesus
, and came to be one of what are called the Twelve Labours of Heracles. When he was let loose on the Argive
plain he fled through the isthmus of Corinth
, into the land of Attica
as far as the Attic parish of Marathon, killing all he met, including Androgeos, son of Minos. Minos sailed against Athens
with a fleet, not believing that the Athenians were innocent of the death of Androgeos, and sorely harassed them until it was agreed that he should take seven maidens and seven boys for the Minotaur that was said to dwell in the Labyrinth at Cnossus
. But the bull at Marathon Theseus is said to have driven afterwards to the Acropolis and to have sacrificed to the goddess; the offering commemorating this deed was dedicated by the parish of Marathon.