Athena & Arachne's Weaving Contest

By Anna Moricz


The Greeks had many different myths to explain things they couldn't explain. Almost all of them were to explain science like the weather, the animals, the seasons, the sun, the moon, ect...All myths included a(if not more) Greek god(s). This myth particularly show the Greek Goddess Athena, and a shepherd's daughter, Arachne.

The Myth

The entire myth begins with a girl called Arachne. Arachne was a young woman who loved to weave. She was an amazing weaver and many people came from all around to see her weaving skills. Some even asked if Athena, the goddess of wisdom and battle taught her these skills. When Athena heard this, she became furious. People thought that Arachne's, a mortal's weaving was better than hers! She became so mad, she turned into an old woman, and warned Arachne that even though her work was worthy of the gods, she was not above them. Athena(disguised as an old woman) asked Arachne if she would challenge Athena in a weaving contest. Without hesitation, Arachne said that she would gladly have a weaving contest with Athena, for she was confident that her weaving was better. Athena turned back into her normal Goddess self, and started the competition with Arachne. Both of them started their work. After a long weaving contest, Athena noticed that Arachne's weave was better than hers. She was so angry that a mortal had flawless capestries, and they were better than hers, a Gods'. She tore the capestries apart with fury, and magically turned Arachne into a spider. Arachne would live her life for eternity weaving her beautiful webs.


This myth is a very a very popular myth, and it was very important to the Greeks. It was really important because every myth is an explanation to something, which means that this myth also explains something. This myth explains that no matter how skillful you are, you should never compare your skills to a Gods' skill. This also explains why there are spiders, and why they can weave such pretty webs. They made this myth up to explain this to the Greeks, and it became a very popular myth.