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The wine-god Dionysus, who stopped on Naxos and married Ariadne on his return from spreading the cultivation of the grape in distant lands. Painting by Gordon Dean.

Naxos (NAK-sos). Island in the Aegean Sea. Here Theseus abandoned Ariadne after she helped him escape from the Labyrinth. Some say that he left her ashore by accident when the tide carried him away, but others say he had fallen love with her sister Phaedra. Ariadne pined for him but was eventually consoled by the god Dionysus, who married her.