Drunken Lovers Picture

Sketch (matching Soak Up The Sun) of the two Greek gods Bacchus and Ariadne. Ref sculpture can be found here.

I hope the Greek scrabblin' means "We love life", but... Google translator.


The legend of Bacchus and Ariadne is one of the most loved in Greek mythology. One of the versions goes like this.

"In mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete and his wife Pasiphae. And her story begins with a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. As fate would have it, Ariadne fell in love with the dashing Greek hero Theseus. They met in Crete, where Theseus was sent to kill the deadly Minotaur. According to the myth, it was Ariadne who helped Theseus to escape the Labyrinth (which was the Minotaur's lair) by supplying the hero with thread used to navigate the tangled passages. In appreciation for her assistance, Theseus promised to make Ariadne his bride, and he brought her with him when he left Crete and sailed for his home in Athens.

But something happened on the way to Athens. During their journey, Theseus stopped to rest on the island of Naxos (also known as Dia). However, when he again set sail, the Greek adventurer did not have Ariadne on board - he simply left her alone on the island. Ariadne was devastated. Her love had abandoned her. As she was crying and lamenting her cruel fate, a miraculous event took place. The god Dionysos (Bacchus) appeared, in all his divine glory, and rescued the forsaken heroine. In some versions of the myth, Dionysos then married Ariadne. So in Greek mythology, sometimes there really is a happy - and beautiful - ending."

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