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Ariadne ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; Greek: Ἀριάδνη{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}; Latin: Ariadne{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}), in Greek mythology, was the daughter of Minos, King of Crete,<ref>Homer, Odyssey 11.320, Hesiod, Theogony 947, and later authors.</ref> and his queen Pasiphaë, daughter of Helios.<ref>Pasiphaë is mentioned as Ariadne's mother in Bibliotheke 3.1.2 (Pasiphaë, daughter of the Sun), in Apollonius' Argonautica iii.997, and in Hyginus Fabulae, 224.</ref> She is mostly associated with mazes and labyrinths because of her involvement in the myths of the Minotaur and Theseus. Her father put her in charge of the labyrinth where sacrifices were made as part of reparations (either to Poseidon or to Athena, depending on the version of the myth); later, she helped Theseus overcome the Minotaur and save the would-be sacrificial victims. In other stories, she became the bride of the god Dionysus, with the question of her being mortal or a goddess varying in those accounts.<ref>In creating a "biography" for a historicized Ariadne, her presence on Naxos is accounted for by Theseus' having abandoned her there; in assembling a set of biographical narrative episodes, this would have had to be placed "after" her abduction from Knossos. In keeping with the role of Minos as Crete's king, Ariadne has come to bear the late designation of "princess". The endpoint of this rationalizing process is the realistic historicizing fiction of Mary Renault, The Bull from the Sea (1962).</ref><ref>Sidhe, Fiana. "Goddess Ariadne in the Spotlight",MatriFocus, 2002.</ref>

Ariadne sections
Intro  Minos and Theseus  Ariadne as a goddess  In modern popular culture  Reference in post-classical culture   Notes    References   External links  

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