|Me on Patmos|
|coming up to Santorini|
|Quite the sunset, don't you think?|
One of the things Santorini is known for are its beautiful sunsets. What do you think?
|Athena's Temple in Lindos on Rhodes|
where much of that began.
|Palace of Knossos|
|Frescoes in Knossos Palace|
In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a creature who was part man and part bull who lived at the center of a labyrinth. King Minos of Crete had received advice from the oracle at Delphi (which we also visited and you will see more of in later posts) and thus ordered Daedalus and his son, Icarus, to built the maze-like structure. The Minotaur was eventually killed by Theseus, an Athenian hero. Minos had required that seven Athenian young men and seven virgins be sent every ninth year to be devoured by the Minotaur. Here is a bit from Wikapedia about that.
When the third sacrifice approached, Theseus volunteered to slay the monster. He promised to his father, Aegeus, that he would put up a white sail on his journey back home if he was successful and would have the crew put up black sails if he was killed. In Crete, both Minos' daughters, Ariadne and Phaedra fell madly in love with Theseus. Ariadne, the elder, helped him navigate the labyrinth. In most accounts she gave him a ball of thread, allowing him to retrace his path. Theseus killed the Minotaur with the sword of Aegeus and led the other Athenians back out of the labyrinth. On the way home, Theseus abandoned Ariadne on the island of Naxos, and continued with Phaedra, his future wife. He neglected, however, to put up the white sail. King Aegeus, from his lookout on Cape Sounion, saw the black-sailed ship approach and, presuming his son dead, threw himself into the sea that is since named after him, thus committing suicide. This act secured the throne for Theseus.