Greece

Minoan Palace of Knossos

Instead of talking history about the archeological findings, let’s learn a little bit of Greek Mythology. I think it’s more insteresting.

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Labyrinth and minotaur happened to originate or are still holding evidence here in Crete, Greece and became common knowledge or usage.

Labyrinth. In Greek Mythology, the original labyrinth is associated with Minoan Palace of Knossos. It’s an elaborate maze construction built by architect Daedalus to hold Minotaur. Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it.

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Minotaur. Minotaur comes from the words Minos and Toros which translate as “Bull of Minos”. A minotaur is now being used as a common name for bull-headed creatures. “The” Minotaur was kept in the center of the Labyrinth and was eventually killed by Theseus.

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King Minos of Crete. Every nine years, he made King Aegeus of Athens to pick seven young boys and seven young girls to be sent to the Labyrinth and be eaten by Minotaur. It served as a payment for the death of one of his son, Androgeus, in Athens.

Theseus of Athens stopped these killings by slaying Minotaur.

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Theseus. Theseus is a founder-king of Athens. He volunteered to be one of the youths. He was  successful in defeating Minotaur with the help of Ariadne, King Minos’ daughter.

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Ariadne. Ariadne fell in love with Theseus and gave him pointers on his quest in the Labyrinth and to kill Minotaur in the promise that he’d take her with him if he’s successful. He defeated Minotaur and as promised took Ariadne with him. But Athena woke Theseus telling him to leave early and leave Ariadne. It was said that Ariadne was left in the island of Naxos (which I hope to visit one day 🙂 ).  Later, the island’s protector, Dionysus, found her and eventually married her.

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THE SOPHOMORE SLUMP RECOMMENDS:

Movie: Juno – Hip, witty and expotentially cooler.

Here’s a clip …

Music: Voodoo by D’Angleo – Perhaps one of the most sought after artists to ever come back in the music scene. It’s because his two albums Brown Sugar and Voodoo are just too darn good not to be followed.

For the ladies … deemed as one of the sexiest music videos in history.

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I was expecting to see a real palace when we went to this place, and all I saw was a bunch of rocks. 😀 No, I didn’t see grand majestic construction. But the value of this place is deep in the birth of Greek civilization and mythology. It pays to read about the places you’ve been to. As it turns out, it’s so awesome to see a bunch of rocks. 😉

Last Call …

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  1. This is one of my favorite myths! I teach it to my social studies class to teach them about how mythology of tens reflects real historical events, and how this myth symbolizes the end of Cretan domination and the rise of Athens. Love this post!

    • WOW! Great to hear that. When I was there, it didn’t sink in how awesome it is to be there. Having learnt how it is associated with all these connected Greek mythologies… it’s just so great to have been there. Soon enough, I’ll visit Athens. 😀

  2. This is great Rommel, I love Greek Mythology, I fell in love with Athena and the stories of ancient Greece when I was in Athens a few years ago. Great photos to compliment this. 🙂

  3. Actually we are lucky we get to see even these ruins today Rommel – Minoans are one of the lost civilizations believed to have been extinct after the great Santorini eruption which devastated a large area around the island, including the coast of Creta (there are several theories about it, including that of a tsunami). Whatever remains in Knossos is only because it’s slightly uphill and towards the inner island. I’m glad you enjoyed it nevertheless 🙂

    • Thanks for the input. That is lucky, and I’m very grateful to have seen it. Can’t wait to other places that have survived the tests of times.

  4. Looking at your pictures it’s not how I imagined it either Rommel 😀 and where is everyone ???
    I always did love this myth … you’re going to have plenty to show and tell from your Greek travels I’m sure !

  5. I enjoyed Knossos, and the dolphins 🙂 Well.. as much as you can enjoy somewhere when accompanied by a sullen 9 year old who wants to be in the pool with his mates. He’s grown up now. Sigh!!!

    I sort of owe you an apology? I don’t know whether you would have seen the pingback or not but I named you in my Explore the Elements competition entry, and it was too late for you to enter. It was almost too late for me to enter, which is why. 🙂 Am I making any sense? Ah, well… I tried!

    • Ow shoot! I didn’t see the pingback, Jo. Will see about this Explore the Elements. It’s okay, I don’t join competitions anyways. I don’t want to ruin anybody’s chances. Ahihihi. But I know Madhu of The Urges To Wander gave us a great set of images for that. So our shot might be a long shot. 🙂

  6. What a great introduction Rommel ~ of all this, I truly would like to see the Labyrinth in its prime and to walk-around and see such a place. Your comment that “Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it” is perhaps the best advertisement 🙂 What a history and what a place you are seeing and walking around on…awesome!

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