It was the first great royal palace ever built in Europe. It survived earthquakes and invasions for nearly a millennium. And after it fell into ruins, it inspired such stories as Theseus and the Minotaur, and Pasiphae and the Bull. The ruins themselves entered into European lore as the Labyrinth. This lecture will discuss the construction, destruction, and fate of the palace, as well as the origins of some of the most famous stories of Greek mythology.