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This picture of a polite Minotaur is ruling Twitter

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Published Jul 20, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 10:34 am CDT

According to Greek mythology, the Minotaur is a horrible half man/half bull monster who devours anyone unlucky enough to be thrown into his labyrinth.

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But you wouldn’t know it by looking at this meme, which casts the Minotaur as a shy, somewhat befuddled host, dealing with a rude guest. It all started when Twitter user @mardirooster posted a 1861 illustration of the Minotaur created by English artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones. The illustration shows the Minotaur in it’s [spoiler alert] final moments before it was slain by the Greek hero Theseus.

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The tweet from @mardirooster shows the original artwork, as well as a close-up of the Minotaur. The images are captioned with the Minotaur’s polite request to “please get out of my maze.”

For you sticklers out there, you’re correct. A maze and a labyrinth are not the same thing. A maze has multiple paths and dead ends, while a labyrinth has one single path leading to the center. That didn’t keep people from retweeting @mardirooster’s version, which puts a modern twist on the Minotaur’s plight.


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The creator of the meme also offered his own fresh take on it.

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The meme is currently only a few days old, so it will be interesting to see how long it sticks around and what new versions people create.

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*First Published: Jul 20, 2018, 2:58 pm CDT