Wow! Arachne´s work must can rival Athené, the goddess of craftsmen!
¨Be careful girl, there is no better craftsmen than the goddess Athené, and were you to dream that one day you might equal her...that would indeed be a crime for any god to punish.¨
¨Did you say equal Athené? Old woman,¨You must be from the far-off hills where the goat-herds live, otherwise, you would not speak to me, Arachne, of equaling the work of Athené; excelling is the better word.¨
Wow! That is beautiful!
Arachne, a beautiful girl that was the best weaver of Lydia was turned into a spider by the goddess, Athené because of her pride. This story will teach us that too much pride will negatively impact your life when you don't have the enough price to pay for it.
Let Athené compete with me! I will let her know that who is the best weaver in the world!
You, I nicely give you advice but you didn't accept it. Then don't blame me you get punished by your pride!
Arachne, the best weaver of Lydia can weave pictures that look like the real things. For her, she thinks her skills is better than Athené, the goddess of craftsmen, since her tapestry really looks very realistic. The fact that she is the best weaver in Lydia builds up her pride and makes her dare to say such thing. The crowd who watch her weave spread words about that.
Yes, I will
No, you wouldn't be able to punish me. Because I'm going to win the contest and make people know that I'm the best weaver! You, only would be a loser beat by me!
One day, Athené heard the words that about Arachne having to be rivaling her in weaving. Athené, jealous and angry at what she have heard, went down to the earth to see this Arachne and disguised herself as an old woman. Athené saw the work of Arachne and marveled at it. Athené give some advice to Arachne since she likes her work, but Arachne, pridefully said "...you would not speak to me, Arachne, of equaling the work of Athenè; excelling is the better word."
Now look at you. You're now a loser! Don't worry, I would not punish you so hard. I am only going to turn you into a spider and as your relatives and weave forever as your life goes on! If you like weaving so much, then weave for the rest of your life!
Arachne, still, pridefully boasting about how her skills is as great as Athené, dares to challenge Athené. Soon, Arachne will know the price of challenging a god and being too full of pride."Enraged at the girl's bold words and her challenge, Athené cast off her disguise. The crowd cowered as before them stood the radiant goddess with eyes that blazed with anger and insulted pride."
Arachne, again, still being prideful to challenge Athené, spoke again. By her words, "The grey-eyes of Athené the goddess, grew dark as the sea when a thunder-cloud hangs over it and a mighty storm is coming." Athené, now angry as a storm that would break at any moment, accepted Arachne´s foolish and prideful challenge. As they begin their contest, Athené weaves pictures that shows the strength of gods, and Arachne weaves pictures that shows the weaknesses of gods.
"Darker and yet more dark grew the eyes of Athené as they looked on the magical beauty of the pictures, each one of which was an insult to the gods. Then at last the storm broke, and with a scream, the enraged goddess shredded the Arachne´s weaving, the beautiful pictures were torn into rags and ribbons. Arachne, shamed to the dust, knem that life for her was no longer worth living. She had aspired, in the pride of her splendid genius, to compete with a god, and knew now that such contest can never be won.¨