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.
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: