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A Roman goddess who presided over the craft of weaving,  and whose name is the Greek word for "spider".  According to mythology,  Arachne was a woman of Colophon who wove beautifully.  She unwisely challenged the goddess Minerva to a trial of skill,  but was defeated and hanged herself in despair.  Afterward,   Minerva changed Arachne into a spider so she could forever weave her webs of silk.

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