Yet another instance of a male abandoning his faithful companion after she becomes of no use to him. Ariadne was the daughter of the king of Crete, Minos.
Minos had instigated from Athens a sacrifice of seven youths and seven maidens to feed the Minotaur, and the hero Theseus was to be one of the victims.
However, Ariadne fell in love with him, and she assisted him by giving him a ball of gold thread to help him in the labyrinth where the creature dwelt.
She accompanied him back on the voyage to Athens but he soon dumped her on the island of Dia, or Naxos.
The god Dionysus found the wounded girl and made her his wife. He placed her wedding crown, the Corona Borealis, into the heavens as a symbol of their love.
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