By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 16, 2021) – In Issue 2021-50 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn of the legendary Greek Minotaur.

Rendering of the mythological Greek Minotaur (Half man – half bull) (Stock images)


Each civilization seems to have mythology and legends of their own.

One of the Greek myths relates to the half man and half bull Minotaur who dwelled in the Labyrinth of Knossos on the island of Crete.

The ancient city of Knossos was rediscovered in 1900 on this day by Sir Arthur Evans and his archeological team.   He also established that a forgotten civilization, the Minoans, lived here.  Interestingly, Evans and his team unearthed a maze-like structure consisting of ca. 1000 interlocking rooms which were likely used as storage rooms, food processing rooms, artisans’ rooms, etc., but maybe they were part of the Labyrinth…

What American myths of 2021 will people think of in the year 2525?

Ortelius’s handsome map of Crete and Sardinia, Corsica, and the Ionian islands from 1592 is presented here.

Map of Crete and Sardinia, Corsica, and the Ionian islands from 1592 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.