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  • The story of Ariadne is a theme throughout the second volume of George Eliot's novel Romola.

  • "Ariadne auf Naxos", a poem by Heinrich Wilhelm von Gerstenberg.

  • "Ariadne", a story by Anton Chekhov.

  • "Klage der Ariadne", a poem by Friedrich Nietzsche.

  • Metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico painted eight works with a classical statue of Ariadne as a prop.

  • Ariadne, a 1924 play by A. A. Milne.

  • Ariadne, an epic poem by F. L. Lucas (1932)[15]

  • Ariadne is a major character in Mary Renault's 1958 historical novel The King Must Die, about the Bronze Age hero Theseus.

  • 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.

  • An adaptation of the story of Ariadne appears in the novel Death in the Andes, by Nobel Prize Winner Mario Vargas Llosa.

  • In 1989's Fright Night comics, a spin-off of the popular 1985 vampire movie of the same name, regular character "Aunt Claudia" Hinnault is the reincarnation of Ariadne, and she resurrects Theseus and the Minotaur during her first appearance in issue #12, which is entitled "Bull-Whipped."

  • "Ariadne Oliver" is a friend of the detective Hercule Poirot in many of his detective mysteries written by Agatha Christie.

  • Ariadne is a recurring character in the book series The Troy Game by Australian author Sara Douglass.

  • Ariadne (played by Ellen Page) is a supporting character who designs labyrinth-like dream worlds in the 2010 movie Inception.

  • Ariadne is the Persona wielded by the character Labrys in the 2012 videogame Persona 4 Arena.

  • Ariadne is a main character in the 2013 BBC series Atlantis, which is loosely based on Greek myths. She falls in love with Jason and helps him conquer the Minotaur and escape the labyrinth. Later, her stepmother, Pasiphae, tries to prevent their union. Ariadne is portrayed by Aiysha Hart.

  • Ariadne is a character in the Syfy series Olympus, also loosely based on Greek myths. Daughter of King Minos, she is manipulative and in love with Hero, but he does not love her back. Ariadne is portrayed by Sophia Lauchlin Hirt.

  • Mark Haddon's short story "The Island", in The Pier Falls (2016), is an adaptation of Ariadne's tale.


  • Richard Strauss's standard repertory opera Ariadne auf Naxos was preceded by a L'Arianna each by Claudio Monteverdi and Carlo Agostino Badia, by an opera Ariadne (1691) by German composer Johann Georg Conradi, and by non-operatic Ariadne auf Naxos works including a cantata based on the Heinrich Wilhelm von Gerstenberg poem and Jiri Antonin Benda's melodrama Ariadne auf Naxos, and by Joseph Haydn's cantata Arianna a Naxos.


  • Albert Roussel's ballet score Bacchus and Ariadne

  • "Ariadne" is a song in The Frogs, a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove, revisions by Nathan Lane.

  • "Ariadne" is a song by The Crüxshadows. It appears on the album Dreamcypher (2007) and on the EP Immortal (2008).

  • Ariadne, in a variety of incarnations and names, is a title character in R. Murray Schafer's Patria series of music dramas, notably The Crown of Ariadne and Asterion.

  • Ariadne is referred to in "The Labyrinth Song" in Asaf Avidan's album Gold Shadow.

  • "Ariadne" is a song by Dead Can Dance that appears on the album Into the Labyrinth.

  • "La Rosa de Ariadna" (1991), a lyric piece by Gualtiero Dazzi on a poem by Francisco Serrano I(published by Chester Music), was commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture with granst from the Fondation Beaumarchais and the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España. The first production, a European tour of five cities, was in a staging by Stéphane Braunschweig, with decors by Bernard Michel and costumes: by Bettina Walter. The two principal roles of Aridna and Minotauro were created, respectively, by Susana Mancayo and by Ian Honeyman.[citation needed]

  • In 2004, the British indie pop band The Clientele released an EP called Ariadne.

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