Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Ἀριάδνη [Ariádnē]; Latin Ariadna)

A. Myth

The Cretan princess A. is one of the most fluctuating female figures in Ancient Greek mythology. She differs from other heroines in that from the earliest epics, she has been most crucially defined by her two loves: firstly for the hero Theseus, who is able with her help to accomplish a deadly dangerous heroic task and then leaves her, and secondly for the god Dionysus, who (according to Hom. Od. 11,324f.) causes her death or (according to Hes. Theog. 947–949) makes her i…

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Schlesier, Renate, “Ariadne”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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