A later Greek depiction of the story of the Minotaur - In the story of the Labyrinth we may have an imperfect memory of an elaborate structure at Knossos with its complex passages and rooms. This powerful Crete of the legend reflects the reality of a great Minoan naval power. It is apparent from the archeological evidence that there is a shift in power. The story of Theseus reflects a distant memory of this revolt and the Mycenaean invasion that ended Minoan power.
One of the most celebrated Minoan frescos, the Prince of Lillies, from Crete, dated to circa 1550 BC. Like most surviving Minoan frescos, the Prince of Lillies, is fragmentary. The reconstruction of it has been much-debated since it was discovered in 1901. Courtesy & currently located at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Greece. Photo taken by Dimitris Agelakis.
Centuripe Sicily, funerary vase, Greek 3rd-2nd C. BCE, terracotta ornamentation, lions in relief. A wedding painted in tempera after firing, set against a rich rose-pink background. The bride wears a long purple chiton with a yellow shawl drawn up over her head to serve as a veil. She is handed a folded purple cloth by the figure at right. Two attendants, one wears an ivy wreath and plays a tympanon.