Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete, the owner of the Minotaur. When Theseus came to Crete to end Minos's annual demands that Athens send 7 men and 7 women to sacrifice to the Minotaur, Ariadne fell in love with Theseus. She gave him a sword to fight the Minotaur and a ball of string so he would be able to find his way out of the labyrinth. After Theseus achieved his goal, Ariadne eloped with him. On the way back to Athens, they stop to the island of Naxos. Due to a false alarm of the Cretan fleet pursuing them, Theseus' crew fled the island the next morning, unwittingly leaving Ariadne behind. A short while later, Dionysus saw the abandoned Ariadne and took her in order to be his wife. Since then she remained faithful to him, but she was killed by Perseus at Argos. Dionysus however descended into Hades and brought her and his mother Semele back. They then joined the gods in Olympus.