Medea’s Hideout – A Labyrinth
Thessalus and Medea
In the story of Thessalus and Medea by Flying Dutchman Films (currently in pre-production), Medea’s secret hideout is a labyrinth (Greek: λαβύρινθος labyrinthos) – a place of mystery, symbolism, and allegory.
The Labyrinth in Greek mythology
In Greek mythology, the labyrinth was an elaborate maze-like structure designed and built by the legendary inventor Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its purpose was to hold the Minotaur eventually killed by the hero Theseus, with the help of Minos’ daughter, Ariadne.
In Thessalus and Medea, Thessalus is sent by King Acustus to kill his mother – the sorceress, Medea, who is living somewhere deep within a Labyrinth
Labyrinths are of considerable size, connected by winding corridors, crisscrossing alleys and false doorways. Daedelus and his son Icarus escape using the feathers of birds bound together by wax to form wings and fly from the tower. Icarus flew too close to the sun, melting the wax of his wings and falling into the sea, was drowned.
Labyrinths have been found all over the world – from prehistoric rock carvings and classical mosaics to the elaborate 11 circuit medieval labyrinth in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France. They are known as sacred gateways and have always been associated with ancient pilgrimage routes and rituals of self-discovery. They are also symbolic of the cycle of birth, death and rebirth or resurrection. These themes are all present in Thessalus and Medea.
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