Day: June 17, 2006

Labyrinth


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Labyrinth is a word of pre-Greek ("Pelasgian") origin absorbed by classical Greek, and is apparently related to labrys, a word for the archaic iconic "double axe", with -inthos connoting "place" .
The complex palace of Knossos in Crete is usually implicated, though the actual dancing-ground, depicted in frescoed patterns at Knossos, has not been found.
The oldest known examples of the labyrinth design are small simple petroglyphs (incised stones) perhaps dating back 3000 years.
These spiralling labyrinth-pattern petroglyphs are found in numerous places across the world, from Syria to Ireland.
Greek mythology did not recall, however, that in Crete there was a Lady who presided over the Labyrinth.
A tablet inscribed in Linear B found at Knossos records a gift "to all the gods honey; to the mistress of the labyrinth honey."
All the gods together receive as much honey as the Mistress of the Labyrinth alone.
That the Cretan labyrinth had been a dancing-ground and was made for Ariadne rather than for Minos was remembered by Homer
The term labyrinth came to be applied to any unicursal maze, whether of a particular circular shape or rendered as square. At the center, a decisive turn brought one out again