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In shallow relief on antique coins from Crete; in Roman mosaic complete with Minotaur (see above); patterning a French cathedral pavement; laid out in stones on a Swedish hillside; cut into rock or turf; or just imagined in a manuscript or painting - labyrinths are found in a host of forms. Hermann Kern's Through the Labyrinth: Designs and Meanings over 5,000 Years (Prestel, 2000. 360pp. £50) is an exhaustive study of the subject. With only a dozen or so colour plates, it isn't ...

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