As shown in an earlier post, the Cretan belongs to a group of six very interesting labyrinths. From a formal point of view these are on par. However, there is one speciality that distinguishes the Cretan from the other five labyrinths. Surprisingly this may be overlooked when viewing the labyrinths or their patterns. But if we look at the seed pattern for the Ariadne’s Thread, it becomes immediately apparent.
This is shown in the figure with the six labyrinths and their seed patterns. The labyrinths were numbered in the same order as in the previous post:
- The Cretan
- Serpentine from the inside out
- S-shaped course of the pathway
- Serpentine enclosed by a two-fold double-spiral like meander
- Three-fold double-spiral like meander
The Cretan is the only labyrinth with a seed pattern that is made up of four similar fourth parts. All other seed patterns have two similar halves.