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Lost LABYRINTH Of Egypt Scanned

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« on: September 28, 2008, 09:10:23 am »

Historic Accounts

The colossal Egyptian temple was named "Labyrinth by the Greeks after their legendary complex of meandering halls designed by Daedalus for King Minos of Crete (wherein the Minotaur dwelt).

Herodotus wrote of the Labyrinth after his visit of the building in the fifth century Before Common Era. Herodotos describes the Labyrinth as a grand monument for the twelve kings (dodecarchs), surpassing even the pyramids.

According to Manetho's Aegyptiaca, preserved in an epitome of the early 3rd century CE, the Labyrinth was the tomb of king Lachares.

For Diodorus Siculus (1st century BCE) the enormous collective tomb of the twelve kings was built by Mendes, alias Marros. Following a different tradition he that king Menas built a square pyramid and the Labyrinth.

Strabo, who visited Egypt in 25-24 BCE, gives an accurate topographical description, locating the Labyrinth and the pyramid in a trapezium shaped area. He also mentions a nearby village. In Strabo’s view the Labyrinth was a palace, a place for assembling, speaking justice and bringing offerings for
the nomes of Egypt.

Pliny's Natural History (ca. CE 70) ascribes the great Labyrinth to king Petesouchos or Tithoes. His contemporary Pomponius Mela attributes it to Psammetichus.

In Aelius Aristides (CE 117-181) book "Aigyptios the Labyrinth is a mere rhetorical topic illustrating
the greatness of Egypt
(Aigyptios 48, 1).

According to the Historia Augusta (written early 4th century CE), the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus visited the Labyrinth site during his journey in Egypt in 199-200 CE. The state of preservation of the building at that time is not clear, but its symbolic meaning and fame have remained
(Historia Augusta 17, 4).
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