Labyrinth maze refers to the palace form
While the Labyrinth Myth infers that the palace of Knossos contained a maze, archaeological
evidence suggests otherwise. Sir Arthur Evans, the archaeologist who oversaw excavations at
Knossos found no physical evidence of a Labyrinth or the Minotaur which supposedly inhabited it.
The preconceived idea that the Palace that occupies the traditional seat of Minos was itself of
a labyrinthine nature dies hard. In the days of ruin and desertion, with choked gangways and
disordered lines of walling, with subterranean ducts, along which a stooping man might make his
way, but which were really great stone-built drains, and, above all, the appearance of the girl
performers grappling with charging bulls, which in the portico of the Northern Entrance had kept
their place down to the coming of the Greeks ––mysterious forms and features such as these, seen
in the twilight of early saga, may well have called up the vision of the 'Greek Labyrinth'
together with the monster that abode within its inmost lair.
The palace at Knossos covers 22,000 square metres and had over 1500 rooms, it is not surprising
that this fired the Greek imagination to create the Labyrinth Myth.