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This is the myth of how spiders were created, according to the Greeks: there was once a human named Arachne who was an excellent weaver. However, she believed that she was more talented at weaving than Athena (the Greek goddess of Wisdom and the Crafts (who was also a mentor to Daedalus - the architect of the Labyrinth)). Athena's pride was wounded by this, so she challenged Arachne to a weaving contest. Arachne won, as her tapestry was more beautiful than Athena's. But Athena was still very jealous, so she changed Arachne into a spider and commanded her to weave for the rest of her life. This is where the term Arachnid (describing spiders, scorpions, etc.) came from and it was supposed by the Ancient Greeks that a person who was afraid of spiders (i.e. Arachnophobia) was another of Athena's curses upon Arachne, so that few would love her.
Contributed by Carylanne Joubert
Myrrha was a woman so beautiful that her mother compared her to Aphrodite. This upset Aphrodite very much. That was when she made Myrrha become consumed with lust for her own father. Myrrha then tried constantly to sleep with her father. Trying to help her, the maid gave Myrrha's father something that put him in a drunken state. Myrrha's father came to not long after. When he found out what had happened, he was upset and ran after Myrrha, trying to kill her for disgracing their family. Aphrodite took pity on Myrrha, who was by then pregnant by her own father with Adonis, and turned her into a myrrh tree to protect her from harm. Months later, an ax was struck against the tree. As the tree was struck with the ax, Adonis was born.
Contributed by Shelby Bounds
The Percy Jackson Rick Riodian is a series of Young adult novels which incorporates Greek Mythology. Riodian has created a series with an original plot and still managed to relate the Ancient Greek Myths. I love the novles, they would make a great teaching aid. I wasn't to impressed with movie version of the first book in the series, but it looks like the script writers may have made a greater effort to represent Riodian's blend of modern pop culture and Ancient Greek Mythology in this upcoming movie based on the second book.
Contributed by Kandi Smith