The Story of Arachne and Athena By: Kate McGhee
Arachne was the best weaver in town. Many people thought that she had learned to weave from the goddess Athena. Arachne would get angry when people said this because she wanted people to recognize that her talent was HERS.
For the last time! I have never met the goddess Athena!!!
Wow, Arachne! Did you learn to spin from the goddess Athena?
One day, an old woman showed up at Arachne's cottage. She said the same thing that every visitor said. Arachne told the old woman that she could beat Athena herself in a spinning contest. The old woman warned Arachne to never compare herself to a god or a goddess.
Oh, Arachne! Never compare yourself to a God or a Goddess.
I bet that I could beat Athena herself in a spinning contest!
Arachne became angry at the old woman. Then, suddenly the old woman turned into the goddess Athena herself! Athena challenged Arachne to a spinning contest.
Why should you care! All you are is an old wo-
I challenge you to a spinning contest!
Athena and Arachne had a spinning contest, and in the end, Athena won the contest. During the contest, Arachne insulted Athena. So, Athena turned Arachne into a spider so that she could keep spinning and weaving.
This myth can apply to modern children by showing that you shouldn't say that you are better than someone at something before you have proven it.