What did Athena do to Arachne?

What did Athena do to Arachne?

Athena woven a tapestry representing the gods in grandeur, while Arachne woven one depicting their amorous escapades. Enraged by the excellence of her rival's art (or, alternately, insulted by its subject matter), Athena ripped it to shreds, and Arachne hung herself in despair. The gods, however, intervened in time to save her life.

Arachne is remembered today in the term "arachnid" or spider. But that isn't what she invented: that distinction goes to the ancient Greek mythological figure Gennaeo, a female spider who taught other spiders how to weave cloth so they could make their own nests and live peacefully alongside humans.

In addition to being a goddess of wisdom, craftsmanship, and warfare, Athena was also often depicted with animals, most commonly snakes, for companions. She was sometimes shown wearing a crown of eagles' feathers, holding a spear and shield, and standing next to her beloved sheep.

In some cultures, including Greece's early modern period, drawing pictures of people who lived hundreds of years ago was considered blasphemous behavior because it violated their privacy. So instead, artists usually represented them with symbols from their culture or history - birds, animals, objects - to show what they were like deep down inside.

Athena was originally a tribal goddess belonging to an area now known as Attica in southern Greece.

Why did Athena destroy Arachne’s tapestry?

That, however, was insufficient to appease Athena, who was enraged at Arachne's degrading depiction of the gods. Finally, in rage, Athena destroyed Arachne's tapestry and loom. She had been ignorant to the dangers of defying the gods in her vanity over her art. If you anger a god, you will have no future generations to pass your name on to.

What is the summary of the story of Arachne?

Arachne was a weaver who became so skilled at her profession that she dared to confront Athena, the goddess of war, craft, and practical reason. The goddess found this unworthy of her attention and punished both weavers by turning them into spiders. Arachne's husband, Paeon, saved her from death by offering his own life in exchange for hers.

Athena granted Arachne immortality as a reward for her skill with the loom. However, since spiders are evil creatures in ancient myths, this gift was not considered good news for Arachne.

When Zeus learned what had happened, he was furious with Athena and demanded that she restore Arachne's humanity. When she refused, Zeus turned her into a peacock to display her beauty to other women. Before she could be transformed into such a hideous creature, however, Athena fled from Mount Olympus.

In some versions of the myth, it is Medusa who confronts Athena. In others, it is Pandora who does so. No matter which deity acts as catalyst for the confrontation between them, they always end up fighting each other until Zeus orders Hermes to bring him a pea shoot to destroy Medusa with one shot from his staff. This ends the battle between them.

What is Arachne’s fate?

When Athena discovered that Arachne had not only offended the gods, but had done it with a work far more beautiful than Athena's own, she was furious. She pulled Arachne's work to tears and beat her three times on the head. Arachne hung herself because she was terrified and embarrassed.

Athena decided to punish anyone who dared to create art, even if they were women. She made sure everyone knew about Athena's action, so no one would ever dare to create art again.

This story shows that if you anger Athena, you will be punished forever. Even after all these years, artists around the world still suffer for their talents, but also because no one has dared to create anything as beautiful as what Arachne did.

In conclusion, being an artist is dangerous because if you offend Athena, you will be punished forever.

Who turned Arakhne into a spider?

When Athena saw no errors in Arachne's tapestry for the competition, she grew upset and struck the girl with her shuttle. Arachne was converted into a spider when she hung herself out of humiliation.

Who angered the goddess of war?

When the competition was over, Athena felt enraged when she saw Arachne's weaving. Not only was the art superior than Athena's, but it also made the gods appear dumb. She cursed Arachne and transformed her into a spider. The goddess then placed a curse on those who try to imitate Arachne's webbing: they will die a horrible death.

Athena's reaction in this story is similar to that of a child whose plaything is destroyed. She would have no problem destroying a human being if they insulted her, just like any other god or goddess. But because Arachne didn't hurt anyone, the goddess chose not to kill him/her directly. Instead, she punished his/her descendants until the end of time.

This story shows us that even though gods are immortal, they can still get angry about something and cause destruction through curses.

What did Arachne weave?

Arachne's weaving showed many ways in which the gods, notably Zeus, deceived and exploited humanity, beguiling and seducing numerous women. Seeking revenge, she transformed herself into a spider and attacked Arachne as she spun her web. When Arachne looked down at what had become of her work, it had been destroyed by the goddess who had caught her in her net.

Athena punished Arachne by turning her into a spider herself. But Arachne's fame spread so much that other weavers thereafter used spiders in their work to this day.

In art, sculpture, and painting, spiders have always been associated with fear, danger, and destruction. This image appears in many different forms throughout history: as a monster under the bed or in the closet, in a dream or when someone is going to die, etc. It is believed that this fear of spiders comes from ancient times when humans didn't know any better and took them for evil spirits or creatures from hell.

In reality, spiders are important components of our ecosystem, being one of the few animals able to spin webs to protect themselves from predators. They eat insects that would otherwise eat plants! Spiders have eight legs and two bodies.

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Christina Fisher

Christina Fisher is an artist who loves to paint and draw. She also enjoys taking photos, especially of nature and people. Christina has been practicing her craft for over 10 years and she's never going to stop learning new things about art!

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