THE SO-CALLED HEAD OF ARIADNE FROM THE SOUTH SLOPE OF THE ACROPOLIS
The head turns slightly to the right, the deep set eyes gaze upwards, the lips are gently parted. There is a broad ribbon on her forehead, and another, narrower one above it. Her wavy locks that leave the ears partly covered are tied into a bun at the nape of the neck. Common opinion attributes the head to Ariadne, the wife of Dionysos — lately, however, the statue has been interpreted as Dionysos himself. The feminine traits suggest that the god stands above the duality of man and woman. The ancient value of the statue is attested by five adaptations we know from the Roman period.