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Pherekydes 3F148 – Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker 1, p. 98, ed. F. Jacoby, 2d ed. Leiden 1957.

Greek Text

Pseudo-Eratosthenes, Katasterismoi 5 – Mythographi Graeci vol. 3.1, pp. 5-6, ed. A. Olivieri. Leipzig 1897.

Greek Text

Hyginus, De Astrologia 2.5.4

Others say that the crown came from the wife of Neptune, and Theseus is said to have given it to Ariadne as a gift, when on account of his valor and courage she was given to him in marriage. After Ariadne’s death, Liber placed it among the constellations.  Latin Text

Hyginus, De Astrologia 2.5.1

CROWN: This is thought to be Ariadne’s crown, placed by Father Liber among the constellations. For they say that when Ariadne wed Liber on the island of Dia, and all the gods gave her wedding gifts, she first received this crown as a gift from Venus and the Horae. But, as the author of the Cretica says, at the time when Liber came to Minos with the hope of lying with Ariadne, he gave her this crown as a present. Delighted with it, she did not refuse the terms. It is said, too, to have been made of gold and Indian gems, and by its aid Theseus is thought to have come from the gloom of the Labyrinth to the day, for the gold and gems made a glow of light in the darkness.  Latin Text

Bakchylides, Odes 17.111-16

She [Amphitrite] threw a purple cloak around him and placed on his curly hair a perfect wreath, [115] dark with roses, which once deceptive Aphrodite had given her at her marriage.  Greek Text

Paris, Musee de Louvre, C7286: bronze figurine with Minotaur-type body that was used as a cauldron rim ornament


Photo RMN/Herve Lewandowski


Athens, National Museum, 6678: bronze figurine from Acropolis with Minotaur-type body that was used as a cauldron rim ornament


Photos from Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Fotothek der Abteilung Athen

London, British Museum 1899.2-19.1: Late Geometric krater with Theseus dragging Ariadne (?) onto a ship with rowers [for another possible interpretation, see page 573]



British Museum

Basel, Antikenmuseum and Ludwig Collection BS 617: Tenian-Boiotian relief pithos with Minotaur and Athenians


Photo courtesy Antikenmuseum and Ludwig Collection, by A.F. Voegelin



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Artistic sources edited by R. Ross Holloway, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor Emeritus, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown Univ.; and by Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, March 2017

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, April 2023

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