Arachne and Athena|
This is a legend from ancient Greece. A woman named Arachne considered herself the greatest weaver of all, even greater than the goddess Athena. But when she beats Athena in a weaving contest, she is turned into a spider.|
From: Dale Ribbons
, 158 months, post #1 |
In the version I read, Athena beats Arachne, who commits suicide by
hanging herself with one of her own tapestries.It is at this point
Athena turns her into a spider.|
From: D.B. Cooper
, 158 months, post #2 |
You're probably right, Dale. The version I read was a children's
tale, and they probably took the suicide out.|
From: Indiana Jones
, 158 months, post #3 |
The way I remember the story, Arachne lost the weaving competition
and hung herself. The goddess who beat her became angered at her
arrogance. For thinking that she could beat a God, she transformed
Arachne into a spider 'cursed' to forever 'hang' from a web.|
, 95 months, post #4 |
Funnily enough, I've read both versions of the myth. In one she
withers away into the spider, in a matter of seconds. In another
she hangs herself, half rots, and then
she turns into a spider.|
From: guest (mythfanatic2101)
, 79 months, post #5 |
According to www.goddess-athena.org, the contest is not judged,
since Athena throws a fit and destroys Arachne's work when she sees
that Arachne has woven a canvas that depicts the gods in an
unflattering fashion, showing their weaknesses and flaws. Then,
Athena fills Arachne with guilt, and Arachne hangs herself.
However, after that, Athena feels sorry for her, and changes her
into a spider.|
, 79 months, post #6 |
All the versions I've heard state Athena turned Arachne into a
spide because she was either angry at being beaten or because she
was insulted by her pattern (which was offensive to the gods).|
From: guest (Kris)
, 31 months, post #7 |
Arachne is a drider creature in Hercules: The legendary Journeys
(with Kevin Sorbo as hercules). He and Iolaus rescue some people
who were slaves on a ship. The ship they were on crashes on
Arachne's island, where she captures several men, and ties them up
in her webs, then proceeds to lay her eggs in their bodies.
Hercules and his companions escape by burning the webs with torches
and eventually confront Arachne.|
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