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Labʹyrinth

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A mass of buildings or garden - walks, so complicated as to puzzle strangers to extricate themselves. Said to be so called from Labʹyris, an Egyptian monarch of the 12th dynasty. The chief labyrinths are:—

(1) The Egyptian, by Petesuʹchis or Tithoes, near the Lake Mœris. It had 3,000 apartments, half of which were underground. (B.C. 1800.) Pliny, xxxvi. 13; and Pomponius Mela, i. 9.

(2) The Cretan, by Dæʹdalos, for imprisoning the Miʹnotaur. The only means of finding a way out of it was by help of a skein of thread. (See Virgil: Ænēid, v.)

(3) The Cretan conduit, which had 1,000 branches or turnings.

(4) The Lemʹnian, by the architects Zmilus, Rholus, and Theodõrus. It had 150 columns, so nicely adjusted that a child could turn them. Vestiges of this labyrinth were still in existence in the time of Pliny.

(5) The labyrinth of Cluʹsium, made by Lars Porʹsena, King of Etruria, for his tomb.

(6) The Samian, by Theodoʹrus (B.C. 540). Referred to by Pliny; by Herodotos, ii. 145; by Strabo, x.; and by Diodõrus Sicŭlus, i.

(7) The labyrinth at Woodstock, by Henry II., for the Fair Rosamond.

(8) Of mazes formed by hedges. The best known is that of Hampton Court.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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