|I am from Pine-Sol,|
From lemon-scented furniture polish and driveway sealer.
Athena, the Greek goddess, is often associated with wisdom and war. In fact, one of her symbols is the owl, an ageless representation of intelligence. What is less known about Athena is her talent for weaving and the pride she took in her ability to spin thread. A mortal by the name of Arachne, shared the same talent. Because of her ability to weave incredible tapestries, many thought she was apprenticed to Athena. This she denied. Furthermore, Arachne had the audacity to claim that her work was superior to that of the goddess. The boast raised the ire of Athena, and she descended from Mt. Olympus to challenge Arachne to a weaving contest. The mortal fearlessly entered the competition confident that she would emerge victorious. Both women created beautiful tapestries, but Arachne's mocked the gods. With a vengeful fury, Athena cursed Arachne. For all eternity, Arachne would be doomed to spin thread - as a spider! Throughout the study of Greek mythology, literature students have been exploring how the stories were frequently used to explain not only the human condition, but nature as well. Without extensive science and technology, these stories helped the ancient culture make sense of their world. The influence of mythology continues today, as the scientific term for a spider is ... arachnid!
photo credit: misterjt via photopin cc
photo credit: jonycunha via photopin cc