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Cutting the Gordion knot: The iconography of Megaron 2 at Gordion
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3013-1322
2015 (English)In: Opuscula: Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, ISSN 2000-0898, Vol. 8, 85-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the incised drawings of Early Phrygian Gordion, and in particular those of Megaton 2. Aspects of their iconographic and archaeological contexts are taken in to consideration, as well as literary sources and especially the story of the Gordian knot. The focus of the study is a series of incised labyrinths, which have hitherto not been recognized as such, but which are of particular interest for the analysis of this building. The myth of Theseus and the Minotaur in the labyrinth helps to throw light on both the images of Megaton 2 but also on the story of the Gordion knot, and how these are interlinked with each other. It is suggested that Ariadne's ball of thread and the Gordian knot are two different expressions of a similar concept; both represent sovereignty provided by a Goddess. Megaron 2 seems to have been a building that was intimately connected with both the king and the Phrygian Mother Goddess.

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2015. Vol. 8, 85-108 p.
Keyword [en]
Gordin, Megaton 2, Gordian knot, Early Phrygian, iconography, labyrith, Theseus, Minotaur
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Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
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Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125458ISI: 000366338900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-125458DiVA: diva2:893101
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2016-01-19Bibliographically approved

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