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This is the labyrinth built by Dedalus of Crete
all who entered therein were lost
save Theseus, thanks to Ariadne's thread

--Labyrinth carved on a pillar of the portico of Lucca Cathedral, Tuscany, Italy

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Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete and his queen, Pasiphae.

Ariadne's thread, named for the legend of Ariadne, is solving a problem by multiple means—such as a physical maze, a logic puzzle, or an ethical dilemma—through an exhaustive application of logic to all available routes. It is the particular method used that is able to follow completely through to trace steps or take point by point a series of found truths in a contingent, ordered search that reaches an end position. This process can take the form of a mental record, a physical marking, or even a philosophical debate; it is the process itself that assumes the name.


Reference in post-classical culture

Non-musical works

  • "Ariadne auf Naxos" is a poem by Heinrich Wilhelm von Gerstenberg.
  • "Ariadne" is a story by Anton Chekhov.
  • "Klage der Ariadne" is a poem by Friedrich Nietzsche.
  • Metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico painted eight works with a classical statue of Ariadne as a prop.
  • Ariadne was a 1924 play by A. A. Milne.
  • The Quest for Theseus, ed. Anne Price (London, 1970), examines the Theseus-Minotaur-Ariadne myth and its historical basis, and later treatments and adaptations of it in Western culture.
  • The HMS Ariadne is the name of a ship in Alistair MacLean's 1986 novel Santorini.
  • Claudia Crawford, To Nietzsche: Dionysus, I love you! Ariadne was published by State University of New York Press, Albany in 1995.
  • John Dempsey's 1996 Ariadne's Brother is a novel on the fall of Bronze Age Crete.
  • Ariadne is an important character in Sara Douglass's historical fantasy series The Troy Game, published by HarperCollins 2002-2006.
  • "Ariadne" is the protagonist of Montreal writer Tess Fragoulis's 2001 novel, Ariadne's Dream.
  • The Algerian-French writer, Hélène Cixous, callsTemplate:Fact Ariadne the anti-Ulysses.
  • A planet called Ariadne is mentioned in the backstory of the 2002-2006 game series Xenosaga.
  • The Minotaur myth is referenced repeatedly as a metaphor over the course of the trilogy The Golden Age, culminating at the end with a newly "born" machine-mind adopting Ariadne as her name.
  • "Ariadne Oliver", a friend of the detective Hercule Poirot in many of his detective mysteries written by Agatha Christie.
  • A main character in the Korean Manhwa Ares is named Ariadne.
  • In the video game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, the brand of nail polish used by Kristoph Gavin (and later also by Vera Misham) is called Ariadoney.
  • A hotel in Stockholm, belonging to the hotel chain Scandic
  • Referenced in Frank Wedekind's play "Springs Awakening" in Act II Scene 7 by the character Ilse

Musical works

See also

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