or TALAEUS MONS
(Böckh, Corp. Inscr. Graec. vol. ii. p. 423; Hesych. sub voce
), the station of Talus, the mythical man of bronze, and the guardian of the island of Crete.
The wellknown inscription which deplores the loss of Artemis, the chaste wife of Salvius Menas, is now buried by the mass of earth and stones heaped up at the entrance of the stalactitic cavern of Melidhóni.
This grotto, memorable in modern times for the massacre of the Cretan Christians by the Mohammedans, is identified from the inscription with the spot where in ancient times human victims were presented before the statue of Talus. (Pashley, Travels,
vol. i. pp. 126--139.)