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[77] Fratrem; the Minotaur. Pasiphae, being enamored of a bull, had her desire gratified by the contrivance of Daedalus, who shut her up in a wooden machine resembling a cow. The bull being deceived by this artifice. Pasiphae conceived the Minotaur; a monster, whose upper parts were those of a man, while it resembled a bull in the lower parts. [See the note at the beginning of this epistle.] Servius thus explains the fable: Minos had for his secretary one named Taurus, who being greatly in favor with Pasiphae, she brought forth twins, one of which resembled Minos, the other Taurus.

Mact√Ęsses. Si is understood. Si me interfecisses.

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