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A clay tablet narrating a cursed family’s arrival to Crete.
There was once a man named Minos, son of Zeus and Europa. He founded Crete, the island-state from which Greek culture descends. Legends speak highly of the monarch’s virtue, after death said to have earned his place among Hades’ judges. Generations later, however, another Minos would take on the throne, one with a disposition that angered gods and men alike.
This table is decorated with simple drawings of a wild goat’s head. Its horns stand proud, framing a single, lonesome star.
The tablet reads:
Tithonus was my father, his was the hand which taught me to sail these bountiful waters.
Together we stalked and flew arrows at aurochs, on the reddened, wet soil made our feast.
We herded and milked sheep, made the cheese, and shared it with our neighbors, but my father was
robbed from me by the witless goddess of dawn, Eos.
She took him as husband and he, mortal, what choice did he have?
Witless dawn lobbied Zeus to make him immortal, so she would never lose her pet.
Like a king who knows not the weight of gold he made my father undying
but, as the trickster of Lycaon said, did not remember mortals’ aging, ephemeral nature.
Now his mind is ravaged by age, even if his sickly-thin body will still not cease.
That day when I docked my vessel on Crete’s shore I carried him on my back to Knossos.
He bumbled like a baby past in his first spring, I bore his weight as he once did mine.
To Crete I brought my father, to release him of his wretched, god-given blessing.
During autumn and winter I pleaded at the foot of Knossos’ palace for King Minos’ mercy.
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- Lycaon - A former cruel king of Acadia. He is known for trying to trick Zeus into eating human meat; after his failure, he was turned into a wolf.