Ariadne, in Greek mythology, was the daughter of Minos and Pasiphae. When Theseus came to Crete to destroy the Minotaur, she fell in love with the hero and gave him the clue of wool that guided him safely out of the labyrinth. She accompanied him to Naxos, where he abandoned her. Dionysus. (Bacchus) took pity on her, married her, and after death changed her into a constellation. Her adventures have been the theme of many poets and painters. It is probable that her story typifies the return of Spring.