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