Ariadne saw Theseus, and fell in love with him. He volunteered to slay the Minotaur, which broke her heart to think he would die. She spoke with Daedalus, and he gave her some yarn to guide him out. She thanked him, and gave it to Theseus. Theseus ended up slaying the Minotaur, and came out of the Labyrinth thanks to the ball of yarn. Theseus took Ariadne with him back to Athens, before Minos could kill them. Theseus, however, grew bored of her, and brought her to the island of Naxos. They fell asleep that night, and Theseus left early in the morning, before she ever awoke, thus abandoning her.
Days later, Ariadne was on the verge of death, and had been crying the whole time. She gave up everything for Theseus, who left her to die. Dionysus saw her when he went to Naxos, which was his favorite island, and not only pitied her but also loved her. He cursed Theseus to forget to change his sails from black to white, indicating his victory, and then married Ariadne.
Dionysos and Ariadne painting depicting the cast of a satyr play, performed in honour of the god. Dionysos is on a couch next to Ariadne and Thyone. Between the woman is Eros. Dionysos is shown as a young man and crowned with a wreath of ivy. He is surrounded by fruiting grape vines, and holds a thyrsos (pine-cone tipped staff).
Ariadne who holding two of their sons (probably Oinopion & Staphylos) stands next to Dionysos. They are attended by Hermes and a Satyr. Dionysos holds a drinking horn and a fruit vine. The Satyr has a strand of ivy.