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Published on Jun 21, 2016
This video recounts the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur through art historical paintings and popular images. It utilizes visual elements both of and surrounding the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, paying particular attention to surrounding bull and Poseidon motifs. It begins with Europa arriving on Crete on the back of a bull Zeus and looks at both Pasiphae (King Minos wife and lover of the white bull, mother of the minotaur) and later Ariadne who helps Theseus and is later abandoned on the island of Naxos to be found by Dionysus. It also pays homage to Theseus later life, Aegeus suicide, Theseus Three Wives (Hippolyta, Phaedra, Ariadne's Sister and Helen) giving a quick nod to Theseus son Hippolytus and his ill-fated death. To note, this is not a documentary video but a poetic retelling that attempts to bring together various threads of the myth visually and make poetic bridges through visual metaphor and allusive suggestion. For various narrative summaries of this myth and further background, see the links on this page: http://tinyurl.com/grxh66r