Myth Reading Group 18 May: Minerva and Arachne in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

The Myth Reading Group meets on ‘Zoom’ on Tuesday 18 May, 5:30-6:30 pm (UK time). The link to join will be posted in the comments for this post. All are welcome.

Painting of the goddess Minerva about to strike a woman, Arachne.
René-Antoine Houasse, Minerva and Arachne, (1706). Versailles

This week we continue our exploration of Athene by looking at the presence of the goddess in the Roman era. In Ovid’s Metamorphoses Minerva punishes mortal women in different ways. In Book 2, she punishes Aglauros by sending Envy to poison her mind. In Book 6, the weaving contest between the mortal Arachne and Minerva ends up with Arachne’s transformation.

Extracts from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Translated by Brookes More (Boston: Cornhill, 1922), available in Perseus Digital Library:

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3 Responses to Myth Reading Group 18 May: Minerva and Arachne in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

  1. ὑποκείμενον says:

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 976 6075 5575

  2. srcatukorg says:


    I am snowed under preparing for the grand re-opening of the Visitor Centre tomorrow – it will be a long day!

    I was particularly looking forward to this weeks as well.

    Hope it goes well,

    Kind regards,


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Samantha Rowley Education & Outreach Manager Roman Circus Visitor Centre

    Colchester Archaeological Trust Roman Circus House Roman Circus Walk Colchester Essex CO2 7GZ

    Tel: 01206 501785, option 3

    Available Tuesday to Saturday.

    Registered Charity: 283354

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