|"Hello! I am the Minotaur
from your ancient Greek myth. If you are here to find out more about the
labyrinths and mazes, you have come to the right person. The labyrinth
which I lived in, the labyrinth of Crete, is probably the best-known
labyrinth throughout history. Before we start, let me tell you a little
bit about of myself.
According to the Greek legend known to many people, I am the son of Pasiphae (wife of King Minos of the island of Crete) and a white bull. As a result, I was a half-bull, half-man like creature. In order to hide this shame, King Minos ordered the chief architect Daedalus to build a huge labyrinth to keep me in. Thereafter, 7 young men and women from Athens were sacrificed to me every 9 years. They were said to be lost in the labyrinth and were eaten up by me. Eventually, Theseus, son of King Aegeus of Athens, came and killed me. He managed to leave the labyrinth by following the silken thread that marked his path from the entrance.
Obviously, Theseus didn't manage to kill me, or I would not be standing here now. After staying so many years in this place, I know enough about labyrinths and mazes to share my knowledge with you. Feel free to browse around, but please do look at some key terms that I've prepared to help you understand my concept of labyrinths and mazes. You may also want to look at the links' descriptions so you won't be lost in here.
Enjoy your stay here."
What is a maze?
A maze is a three
dimensional or two dimensional network which has to be navigated from the start
to the end. It often has many paths and junctions along the way. Usually
associated with English hedge mazes, but loosely used for all kinds of
labyrinths or labyrinthine situation.
What is a labyrinth?
Similar to a maze;
Derived from the Greek word "Labrys", the double axe, sign of Zeus and
symbol of Minoan power. There is usually only one path that leads fom the start
till the exit.
“Single-pathed”, referring to a
maze with no junctions or decision points. Only one path exists from the
entrance to the exit.
Referring to a maze with multiple
junctions and dead ends. There can be more than one way to solve the maze, from
the entrance to exit, and hence “multiple-pathed”.
A multicursal maze with a series of
dead-ends leading off the one true path.
maze with forking paths, some of which link up with each other further on in the
**A maze is also known as a multicursal labyrinth, while a labyrinth is known as a unicursal maze. Although strictly speaking, mazes and labyrinths are different, mazes and labyrinths are often used interchangeably. Hence, these terms are also used loosely in here.