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Antakya Museum 7620

Antakya Museum 7620

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From Samandağı, second to third century AD, inv. 945. Ariadne sleeps on the couch, behind her Dionysos is almost obliterated, Eros flies around. To the right a Satyr, to the left a maenad. Above a crater, a large vessel to hold wine or similar is surrounded by gryphons, bowls and eagles.

From Enc. Britt.: (Ariadne:) in Greek mythology, daughter of Pasiphae and the Cretan king Minos. She fell in love with the Athenian hero Theseus and, with a thread or glittering jewels, helped him escape the Labyrinth after he slew the Minotaur, a beast half bull and half man that Minos kept in the Labyrinth. Here the legends diverge: she was abandoned by Theseus and hanged herself; Theseus carried her to Naxos and left her there to die or to marry the god Dionysus; or she died in childbirth on Cyprus.This must be the Dionysus variation.

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