Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete and his wife Pasiphae.
Homer mentions it in his history of the epic poem "The Iliad", describing the exploits of the heroes of the Trojan War.
Ariadne became famous due to the myth of Theseus, the brave Athenian, who arrived in Crete to fight the monstrous Minotaur.
Minos - the king of Crete
The origins of the legend of the Minotaur to be found inbiographies of King Minos and Queen Pasiphae. Minos was the son of the supreme god Zeus kidnapped and their beauty in Europe. After becoming king of Crete, he became famous for the state acts - created the first laws, built a powerful fleet and took control of the seas. His wife, Pasiphae was the daughter of the sun god Helios and sister of the famous sorceress Circe.
In Minos and Pasiphae had many children,including Ariadne, Phaedra, androgens and Katra. In addition, poor Pasiphae at the behest of a vengeful goddess of love Aphrodite gave birth to a child by a white bull. It was a monster with a bull's head and a human body, called the Minotaur.
To hide the shame of his wife, Minos ordered the constructionmaze next to the palace of Knossos and to conclude a monster. At the same time another misfortune happened: Androgens king heir died in Athens in sports. Enraged Minos demanded that the Athenians dreaded tribute - every year to send to Crete seven girls and seven boys to the Minotaur could devour them in his labyrinth.
Mournful tribute to the despair of the Athenian kingAegeus, but salvation was a son of Theseus, who grew away from Athens. On the way to his father Theseus was able to make many glorious feats and finally turned out to be the heir to Aegeus, who had no other sons. The young hero went to Crete with his next victim to kill the Minotaur and liberate Athens from Minos claims.
Love young princess
Minos was glad the new entertainment - it is hoped,that even if he wins the hero will never find a way out of the maze of ingenious. The daughter of the king of Ariadne fell in love with a brave hero at first sight. She had not slept the night, thinking how to save her lover from death, and before dawn came to the room of Theseus. After seeing the young man in the maze, she handed him a skein of thread. At the entrance to the labyrinth, Theseus was to fix the end of the thread and moving on, gradually unwinding it. Theseus listened Council in love girl, and noted the distance traveled thin thread. After killing the Minotaur, he came back, reeling back into the tangle thread.
Fleeing the wrath of King Minos, Theseus and AriadneThey fled to the island of Naxos. Where Theseus left Ariadne. According to one version, he could not fall in love with the girl and did not want to take her with him to Athens, on the other - to Theseus was the god of wine Dionysus and demanded he leave the princess. Dionysus married Ariadne and gave her immortality, and she bore him children. Theseus also was destined to marry another daughter of Minos - Phaedrus, but the story of their marriage was far sadder and became famous thanks to Sophocles 'Phaedra'.
Ariadne's thread from the tangle of Greek myth was included in the present, and now means being able to understand the tangled history to find a way out of a difficult situation.