in Greek myth, Cretan princess who aided Theseus.
Fishburn and Hughes: "In Greek mythology the daughter of Minos, king of Crete, and Pasiphaë. Ariadne falls in love with Theseus, who has come to kill her half-brother, the Minotaur, and helps him escape from the labyrinth. She escapes from Crete with him but he abandons her on the island of Naxos, where she dies in childbirth." (15)