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Not only does the sacred axe occur as a more or less crude engraving on the stone blocks composing certain pillars in the palace, but little models of it were found associated with an altar, and, in the Dictaean cave, some miles distant, several bronze specimens of the axe were discovered in circumstances which show that they were votive offerings. FIG. —Knossos. Maze-pattern on Wall of Palace. ) Fig. 9. Double Axe and Stepped Steatite Socket from Dictaean Cave. (Psychro) (From Archæolagia, by kind permission of the Society of Antiquaries, and Sir Arthur Evans) Fig.

The answer is, little or none. Some writers seem to prefer to apply the word "maze" to hedge-mazes only, using the word "labyrinth" to denote the structures described by the writers of antiquity, or as a general term for any confusing arrangement of paths. Others, again, show a tendency to restrict the application of the term "maze" to cases in which the idea of a puzzle is involved. " Both words have come to signify a complex path of some kind, but when we press for a closer definition we encounter difficulties.

In doing so we will follow the version given by Plutarch. This Greco-Roman historian flourished in the latter half of the first century of our era. ), Cleidemus (circ. ), Philochorus (circ. ), and others. The Cretan exploit was perhaps the most romantic of the long series of heroic ads attributed to Theseus. Let us briefly recall it. Aegeus, the father of Theseus, was King of Athens. At that time there reigned at Knossos, in Crete, a monarch called Minos, who held sway over what was then the most powerful maritime state in the Mediterranean.

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