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Historic Cretan Labyrinths


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79 ad pompei labyrinth1200Ancient Cretan Mazes

The most commonly known design is the seven circuit Cretan labyrinth designed during the Minoan civilization on Crete around 2500 B.C.

The Cretan labyrinth is considered to be the classical design. The earliest found Crete labyrinth image is scratched into a clay tablet fragment of pottery from the palace of King Nestor at Pylos in southern Greece. The intense heat of a fire that had destroyed the palace preserved the clay tablet.

The Cretan labyrinth told the mythological story of Theseus and the Minotaur. Cretan labyrinth was an elaborately built maze like structure designed to hold the Minotaur, a horrible half-man, half bull creature that threatened King Minos of Crete.

King Minos ordered Daedalus to construct the labyrinth so the Minotaur could never escape. Apparently Daedalus built the labyrinth so well that he barely escaped after construction was completed.
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