Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 12: ARACHNE


Engraver: Auguste Doré




Challenged Minerva

To a contest of weaving

Much guilty of pride


NOTE: Arachne was a mortal woman who was so proud of her weaving ability that she challenged the goddess Minerva (Greek name: Athena) to a weaving contest. Arachne wove a cloth without fault, but Minerva tore up the cloth and turned Arachne into a spider. Arachne is another exemplum of pride that souls on the first story of the seven-story mountain learn from.




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