εκπλήσσω (ekplisso) : to amaze, dumbfound

In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth (Greek: Λαβύρινθος, labýrinthos) was an elaborate, confusing structure built by Daedalus for King Minos to hold the Minotaur. From as early as 430 BC the Labyrinth was re-imagined as a Classical ideal, a single-path of seven-courses (without branches or dead ends) that spirals towards the centre. It was not until the Renaissance that the confusing concept of the Labyrinth was re-born as the popular hedge-maze. Labyrinth and maze have become synonymous, yet scholars call for the distinction to be upheld. For clarity, and to honour the Greek origins of the complex labyrinth, we have chosen to utilise the greek verb, εκπλήσσω (ekplisso, to amaze or dumbfound) to describe the various pathways that intersect, diverge and end as we make work in conversation.

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