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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Ariadne.


  “There are many other stories about these matters, and also about Ariadne, but they do not agree at all. Some say that she hung herself because she was abandoned by Theseus; others that she was conveyed to Naxos by sailors and there lived with Oinaros the priest of Dionysos, and that she was abandoned by Theseus because he loved another woman. [...] 
A very peculiar account of these matters is published by Paion the Amathusian.
He says that Theseus, driven out of his course by a storm to Kypros, and having with him Ariadne, who was big with child and in sore sickness and distress from the tossing of the sea, set her on shore alone, but that he himself, while trying to succour the ship, was borne out to sea again. The women of the island, accordingly, took Ariadne into their care, and tried to comfort her in the discouragement caused by her loneliness, brought her forged letters purporting to have been written to her by Theseus, ministered to her aid during the pangs of travail, and gave her burial when she died before her child was born. Paion says further that Theseus came back, and was greatly afflicted, and left a sum of money with the people of the island, enjoining them to sacrifice to Ariadne, and caused two little statuettes to be set up in her honor, one of silver, and one of bronze.
He says also that at the sacrifice in her honor on the second day of the month Gorpiaeus, one of their young men lies down and imitates the cries and gestures of women in travail; and that they call the grove in which they show her tomb, the grove of Ariadne Aphrodite. 
Some of the Naxians also have a story of their own, that there were two Minoses and two Ariadnes, one of whom, they say, was married to Dionysos in Naxos and bore him Staphylos and his brother, and the other, of a later time, having been carried off by Theseus and then abandoned by him, came to Naxos, accompanied by a nurse named Korkyne, whose tomb they show; and that this Ariadne also died there, and has honors paid her unlike those of the former, for the festival of the first Ariadne is celebrated with mirth and revels, but the sacrifices performed in honor of the second are attended with sorrow and mourning.” Plutarch, Life of Theseus 20.1-5



"Then it seems like falling into a labyrinth; we thought we were at the finish, but our way bent round and we found ourselves back at the beginning, and just as far from that we were seeking at first" 
Plato: Euthydemus.





Which ever way you turn, Naxos is the place for the Ariadne and Dionysos story.




According to Diodorus Siculus, Dionysos appeared to Theseus in a dream...
"Theseus, on his voyage back from Krete together with Ariadne, was entertained as a guest by the inhabitants of the island [of Naxos]; and Theseus, seeing in a dream Dionysos threatening him if he would not forsake Ariadne in favour of the god, left her behind him there in his fear and sailed away".... 
Theseus awoke griped by terror, and silently got up and left, sailed away. Leaving the sleeping Ariadne abandoned on Venus sands.
"And Dionysos led Ariadne away by night to the mountain which is know as Drios; and first of all the god disappeared, and later Ariadne also was never seen again."
The crown of heaven, the Corona Borealis, was Dionysos's gift to Ariadne.

There is another story...Ariadne was already married to the god, and when she left him to sail the seas back to Athens with Theseus, he had her killed, slain with poisoned arrows.
Homer- The Odyssey.
"Ariadne, that daughter of subtle Minos whom Theseus bore off from Krete (Crete) towards the hill of sacred Athens; yet he had no joy of her, since, before that could be, she was slain by Artemis in the isle of Dia [Naxos] because of the witness of Dionysos.


Venus Sands is a location on the soul.
Love alone provides the copper knife that tears the heart, the body, and bloodlessly cuts the shadow away..

To the mistress of the labyrinth, honey.
The bee dance.