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How long did it take Daedalus to build the Labyrinth

There may be no answer to this, as Greek mythology is full of inconsistent timelines, but is there any known indication of how long it took Daedalus to build the labyrinth? Presuming Minos orders ...
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Which version of the Ariadne Myth was written/told first?

Ariadne was a daughter of Minos. She helped Theseus traverse the labyrinth in exchange to be taken with him away. In one version, Dionysus tells Theseus that he wants Ariadne and to leave her on an ...
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Why was the Minotaur enclosed in a labyrinth and not in jail of some sort?

Is there a specific reason the Minotaur was kept in a labyrinth instead of a normal jail? If not mentioned in the original writings, are there any speculations as to why go through the trouble of ...
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What did the Labyrinth look like?

Did the Labyrinth have concentric circular walls with passages blocked by radials or it did it have rectangular lines? Or do we simply not know?
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What was the purpose of the Labyrinth built by Daedalus?

Wikipedia reads: He also created the Labyrinth on Crete, in which the Minotaur (part man, part bull) was kept. However what was the main purpose of the Labyrinth being built? Was it just for ...
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