Arachne and Athene by Margaret Rowan

Arachne and Athene  by Margaret Rowan
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  • Aranche Myth By: Olivia Collidge Story board created by: Margaret Rowan
  • Many people came from far away places to see Arachne weave.  They thought Athene taught Arachne how to weave.  Arachne did not like this.
  • "Why does everyone think Athene taught me how to weave?  I learned how to weave by myself.  I am better at weaving than Athene.  If I were to compete with her, I would win."
  • "Wow!  That lady is very good at weaving.  Athene must of taught her how to weave."
  • An old lady walked up to Aranchne and told her not to say that she is equal to the gods.  Aranchne told the  lady to be quiet and then the old lady magically turned into Athene. 
  • "Why do you say that your skill is equal to the god`s skill?"  
  • "Be quiet."
  • Then, Arachne and Athene began to weave.    They were competing to see who was a better weaver.  As Athene  looked at Arachne`s design on her cloth she realized that Arachne`s design insulted the gods.  This made Athene very mad.
  • Because Arachne insulted the gods, Athene turned Arachne into a spider.  In this story Arachne is hurbris when she says that she is greater than the gods.  She shows excessive pride at this time in the story.  She also insulted the gods which shows that she is rude and arrogant.
  • "This is not fair!!"
  • "Why do you insult the gods? For punishment, you will be turned into a spider."
  • The lesson that the myth teaches can be applied to modern day children.  This is because the story teaches children to not be arrogant and not to have have excessive pride.  In the image above Jimmy is being arrogant.  He is bragging about his looks and not paying attention to anything else.
  • "Hi.  My name is Jimmy.  I`m the best!  Check out these muscles!!"
  • "Free Basket!"
  • "Jimmy! What are you doing?"
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