The Roman author Ovid, in his masterpiece “Metamorphoses”, wrote that there was once a woman called Arachne, daughter of Idmon, a dyer who could create an incredible rich purple unlike any other in the region of Lydia, modern Turkey.
Together they came up with the most wonderful tapestries the world has ever seen. Her technique was so impressive and inspiring that even the nymphs would travel to watch her. She mastered the art of weaving in such a way that no one could weave like her.
Everything was impressive even her body language while working, everything in the same involving rhythm. Impressed, the nymphs speculated that her skills had been given by Athena, the goddess of war and arts & crafts.
Arachne, feeling her talent diminished by the comment, denied. She pledged that only her hard work was responsible for such perfection. Unfortunately, Athena heard her statement and got extremely offended – which is never a good sign.
Athena never retreat, so does Arachne
The goddess decided to give a chance to the weaver to redeem herself descending to Earth in the form of an old lady and tell Arachne that she should pay homage to the gods for her incredible gift. Again, Arachne refused and said:
Get you gone! Advise your goddess to come here herself, and not avoid the contest!
Athena then revealed herself. Everyone fell to their knees, but the defiant Arachne. Without exchanging any words, they started to weave.