- a Lydian woman who challenged Athena to a weaving contest and was changed into a spider for her presumption.
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In all Lydia there was none who could weave as wove the beautiful Arachne.
Not for one moment did she delay, but took her place by the side of Arachne.
Furiously, too, with her shuttle of boxwood she smote Arachne.
Arachne, humiliated by the blow, and unable to avenge it, hanged herself in despair.Quilts
Marie D. Webster
The weaving of Arachne's web is pictured with especial power.Contemporary American Composers
- Greek myth a maiden changed into a spider for having presumptuously challenged Athena to a weaving contest
from Greek arakhnē spider
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