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(Ἀριάδνη [Ariádnē], etymology controversial). Daughter of Minos and Pasiphae or Crete. A. already appears in the Iliad (18,590 ff.), where the dance floor built for her by Daedalus is mentioned. In the Odyssey (11,321 ff.) Odysseus meets her in the Underworld: Artemis killed her on the island of Dia ‘according to the evidence’ of Dionysus, as Theseus was taking her to Athens. In Hesiod (Theog. 947 ff.), she is the wife of Dionysus, whom Zeus made immortal; that Theseus left her is …

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Pirenne-Delforge, Vinciane (Romsée), “Ariadne”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 16 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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