Thera location

Location of Thera in the Great Green.

Thera was an island in the Great Green, located to the north of Kretos. It was inhabited by a cult of priestesses who were given the task of placating the Minotaur, believed to live beneath the volcanic mountain on the island. Thera was also called the Blessed Isle[1] and the Temple Isle.[1]

The island was inhabited solely by women, who enjoyed a free society secluded from the tyranny of men. The priestesses of Thera maintained the Temple of the Horse and conducted rites for the appeasement of the Minotaur. This mythical beast was believed to be chained beneath the mountain and when angry would shake his chains to cause earthquakes or break free in the form of a volcanic eruption. Kings sent unmarried daughters to the island in exchange for gold and silver. Here, the young princesses received training in archery, horseriding, poetry and other arts, while performing tribute rites to the Minotaur which required virgins of royal blood to perform.


  1. 1.0 1.1 David Gemmell, Shield of Thunder, "Chapter V: Voyage of pigs"
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