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Arachne Character Analysis

Arachne is a woman who boasts that she is better at weaving than Minerva, goddess of weaving. One day, she challenges a disguised Minerva to a weaving contest. Arachne weaves the superior tapestry, depicting the gods in various disguises raping and deceiving mortals. Furious, Minerva punishes Arachne’s arrogance by transforming her into a spider.

Arachne Quotes in Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses quotes below are all either spoken by Arachne or refer to Arachne . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 6: Arachne Quotes

[Minerva] resented Arachne’s
success and ripped up the picture betraying the gods’ misdemeanors.
She was still holding her shuttle of […] boxwood
and used it to strike Arachne a number of times on the forehead.

Related Characters: Arachne , Minerva
Page Number: 130
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Arachne Character Timeline in Metamorphoses

The timeline below shows where the character Arachne appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 6: Arachne
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...needs to demand praise from those who dare to deny her power. She thinks of Arachne, a girl who has become famous because of her artistry. However, Arachne claims to have... (full context)
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Minerva disguises herself as an old woman and tells Arachne to pay tribute to Minerva. Arachne may be the best human weaver, but she isn’t... (full context)
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Arachne weaves a tapestry that depicts Jupiter kidnapping Europa in the disguise of a bull. She... (full context)
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Furious at her rival’s success, Minerva rips up Arachne’s tapestry. She then fastens a halter around Arachne’s neck and suspends her in the air.... (full context)
Book 6: Niobe
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The story of Arachne spreads. When Niobe, the queen of Thebes, hears it, she doesn’t take it as a... (full context)