History - Myth Retelling: Athena and Arachne

History - Myth Retelling: Athena and Arachne

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  • There was a gifted weaver named Arachne, her tapestries were admired from all over the world. She wove day and night. She bragged about how she was better than the goddess Athena herself, who was the goddess of skill. 
  • Hmm...
  • I'm soo good!! No one can compare to me.
  • Athena was with the 9 Muses when she decided to challenge Arachne to weaving contest to prove her worth and skill. She soon visited Arachne to see if she will accept the challenge.
  • Put her in the right place girl!
  • I'll challenge her to a weaving contest. 
  • Athena decided to pay a visit to Arachne and challenging her to see who can weave the best. Angered by the offer, Arachne still accepts because she wants to show her worth to everyone and how good she supposedly is. 
  • How dare you! Hmpph! Fine...
  • I challenge you to a duo! I am THE weaver.
  • The two weavers set up their looms in the same room. They wove a tapestry about the gods from early morning until it got too dark to see (no electricity then!). After they were both finished, they compared their work.
  • Arachne weaves a tapestry making fun of the gods and goddesses and the crimes they had committed. Disrespectful!
  • Goddess Athena weaved a beautiful cloth showing the gods and goddesses doing good deeds for people.
  • When Athena saw what Arachne had woven, she was even more enraged than before.  Even though Arachne's weaving was better, Athena didn't care. How dare Arachne disrespect the gods and goddesses! Suddenly, Athena pointed a finger at Arachne and..
  • You're not gonna like this!!!!
  • Suddenly Arachne's nose and ears shrank up, all her hair fell out, her arms and legs got skinny, and her body shrunk until she was a little spider. Arachne wants to spin, well now she can!
  • Now you will spin colourless webs for the rest of your life!
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