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// Eli Hunt via Email responding to Falco20019 (May 26/08)
In response to:
Hello Eli,
you may not know me as I have joined the agonothetai no more than some days
ago, but I am willed to help them as good as I can. I am a sofia from
Germany ;)

In the mail to Kai he posted in Ariadne's Blog you mentioned, that the
labyrinths center should be as close as possible to the "true center". Do
you mean the center of the city as geographically?

Looking forward to your answer.

Sincerely yours,
No, that is not what I meant. As per the omphaputer instructions, I understand that the city-sized labyrinths can be drawn anywhere within city limits. That is was the omphaputer says, so that is what I believe to be true.

Allow me to clarify on the "center" of a labyrinth.

The ancients believed that a journey to the center of a labyrinth and back out again was like visiting the underworld, or another world, and returning. The act of going to a center and back out was essential to the function of the labyrinth. And the omphalos refers to the "navel", so you must think of the center of your labyrinth as its navel. It belongs essentially in the middle of the labyrinth.

In short, a labyrinth must have a true center. You cannot have 12 circuits on one side, 2 circuits on the other side. The circuits must wrap around a central point equally. For example, six circuits above and below, and on each side. While I do not believe our city-sized laybrinths need to be of perfect design, they surely must locate the functional center of the labyrinth at approximately the actual center of the labyrinth.

I hope this helps.

Sincerely yours,

Eli Hunt
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