This is the story of Arachne who, having excessive pride in her weaving skills, challenges Minerva to a contest. Minerva accepts, loses, and then destroys Arachne's tapestry and turns her into a spider.
The story is intermediate level Latin and includes the reading passage, gloss, and comprehension questions (in English) as well as an illustrate the story activity and translation "activity."
Body parts (comes, nares, aures, caput, corpus, crures, venter, latere)
Weaving (lanificium, tela, intexuit, opus, stamen)
Used more than once:
pulcher = beautiful
lanificium = the art of spinning and weaving wool
decuit = was fitting
certamen = contest
iratus = angry
inseruit = brought forth
intexuit = wove
tela = loom/tapestry/web
finem = the end
opus = work (of art)
explicuit = displayed
versum est/ vertit = changed
Mostly perfect tense, active and passive
There are two subjunctive uses, cum omnia perfecisset (when she had finished everything)
and ut impenderet (so that she would spend)
Other themes/ideas for your lesson
-Show this TedEd video explaining the myth in English
-This is based on Ovid's version of the myth and so is a great intro into Ovid. You can discuss Arachne as a representation of Ovid himself and issues with censorship at Ovid's time.
-You can also discuss how Arachne is only one story of transformation in Ovid's huge book about transformations. You can discuss the images on the tapestries and how they are also transformation stories
-You could assign pairs of students to research the individual myths on the tapestries and write a summary. (Jigsaw) Then as a class you can compare the stories on Minerva's tapestry and what they represent (Humans disrespecting gods and being punished) to Arachne's (Gods disrespecting humans).