Arachne was a young woman from Lydia in the Greek mythology. She was gifted in the art of weaving and boasted that her skill was greater than that of the patron goddess of crafts Minerva (Athena). So eventually began a contest with the goddess to prove that she was better than Minerva. Furious at Arachne's challenge the goddess, by magical means, made Arachne feel such a guilt for her actions that, depressed, she hanged herself. Feeling pity for Arachne, Athena brought her back to life, not as a human bus as a spider, condemning her and her descendants to forever hang from threads and to be great weavers.