43 Ariadne

This minor planet is named after a figure from Greek myth, daughter of Minos and Pasiphaƫ. She is often said to be either the wife or betrothed or victim of Dionysus, and is sometimes considered a goddess of labyrinths and weaving. She is best known for her role in the myth of the Minotaur. She was the one who oversaw the maze that contained him, and the sacrifices necessary to keep him at bay. When Theseus came along, she gave him a ball of thread, with which to navigate the maze, and a sword, with which to kill the Minotaur.

The symbol for this minor planet represents her two gifts to Theseus: an upright sword, with a short double-curved thread going off the tip to the right.

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