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Mythology & Beliefs: Arachne
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Arachne was the maiden who challenged Athena to weaving contest and was changed to spider.

Arachne in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology a Lydian maiden, daughter of Idmon of Colophon, who was a famous dyer in purple. His daughter was greatly skilled in the art of weaving, and, proud of her talent, she even ventured to challenge Athena to compete with her. Arachne produced a piece of cloth in which the amours of the gods were woven, and as Athena could find no fault with it, she tore the work to pieces, and Arachne in despair hung herself. The goddess loosened the rope and saved her life, but the rope was changed into a cobweb and Arachne herself into a spider (ἀράχνη), the animal most odious to Athena. (Ov. Met. 6.1-145; Verg. G. 4.246.) This fable seems to suggest the idea that man learnt the art of weaving from the spider, and that it was invented in Lydia. - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

Arachne in Wikipedia In Greco-Roman mythology, Arachne (pronounced /əˈrŠkni/) was a great mortal weaver who boasted that her skill was greater than that of Minerva, the Latin parallel of Pallas Athena, goddess of crafts. Arachne refused to acknowledge that her knowledge came, in part at least, from the goddess. The offended goddess set a contest between the two weavers. According to Ovid,[1] the goddess was so envious of the magnificent tapestry and the mortal weaver's success, and perhaps offended by the girl's choice of subjects (the loves and transgressions of the gods), that she destroyed the tapestry and loom and slashed the girl's face. ôNot even Pallas nor blue-fevered Envy \ Could damn Arachne's work. \ The brown haired goddess Raged at the girl's success, struck through her loom, Tore down the scenes of wayward joys in heaven.″[2] Ultimately, the goddess turned Arachne into a spider. Arachne simply means "spider" (ἀράχνη) in Greek...

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