Cutting the Gordion knot: The iconography of Megaron 2 at Gordion
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 8, 85-108 p.
Gordin, Megaton 2, Gordian knot, Early Phrygian, iconography, labyrith, Theseus, Minotaur
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Research subject Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125458ISI: 000366338900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-125458DiVA: diva2:893101
FunderSwedish Research Council