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A clay tablet narrating a man’s encounter with one of divine nature.
For the Greeks, to be a hybrid is to be a monster. The two are indissoluble. Divine or not, a hybrid is an accursed, repulsive being which good people do well to ostracize.
This tablet is decorated with labyrinthine lines at its margins.
A clay tablet narrating an intervention from a concerned youth.
The tablet reads:
At the foot of Mount Aegaeon, on the Lasithi Plateau, I found the labyrinth,
an old structure painted with the same crimson from Knossos’ Palace,
built and carved with expert artisan’s loving care.
Try as I might, from atop the mountain I could not learn its twists,
for its shape shifted with each blink of my eyes.
A club on my hand, father on my back, we ventured together
with the comfort of knowing that, even if I failed, his pain still would cease.
For three days and nights we wandered, hearing only the song of cicadas
and the clopping of distant hooves, always just out of reach.
The fiend toyed with us, never once showing its visage.
I feared starvation would take my life, and cried for father’s.
On the fourth day the creature showed itself, Pasiphae’s hybrid monster.
It was not the fearsome titan I was told ate the flesh of men –
its pink snout, shy horns and glimmering eyes were that of a nursing calf.
I challenged it to combat, certain that at long last
I would have an end to this charade,
but he bolted down his unending hallways,
leaving behind only the silencing clops of hooves.
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- Lasithi Plateau - A high plain in central-eastern Crete. It houses Mount Aegaeon and thus the Psychro Cave, where Zeus was raised.
- In real life, the plateau is known for its high fertility and abundance of archaeological sites.