Daedalus, ut fama est, fugiens Minoia regna,….posuitque immania templa….hic crudelis amor tauri suppostaque furto Pasiphae, mixtumque genus prolesque biformis Minotaurus inest.
Daedalus, so the story goes, flying the Cretan shore….built this boundless temple… here is the cruel bull’s love and the abduction of Pasiphae,…and the double hybrid nature of the Minotaurus…
From Aeneid, Book 6th
In my first issue in this blog, inside the article “Temple and Time”, I mentioned the sixth book of Aeneid and made some allusion to the temple of Apollos, built by the famous inventor Dedalus. Here Aeneas spends some time admiring the doors of the temple where various mythological scenes are depicted. There are images about Androgeos’s death, the Athenians, Cecrops descendants , commanded to pay annual tribute of seven of their youths , the Euboean shores and Pasiphae’s love and the Minotaur, the urn where the lots are kept and the Labyrint. There should have been also a representation of Icarus , but sorrow prevented Dedalus to give shape to his son’s death.Vergil tells us that Dedalus twice tried to fashion a depiction of his death in gold , but both times was overcome by emotion. Soon after this moment of contemplation , Aeneas prays the Sybil to be allowed to visit his father in the underworld.