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posted by asgif666 @ 2:00 am
Very glad to see that you enjoyed the book. I started it last night. The book that I just finished, an Ovidian magical-realist novel called "The Last World", contains an excerpt about Arachne. I am tempted to imclude the passage as a dedication to you, but thought that since you are a fan of trivia, and also possessed of an encyclopaediacal knowledge, that I would pose you a few trivia questions before I did.1) Who was Arachne's father ?2) Where was he from ?3) Who turned Arachne into a spider ?I know the last one might be east for you, but I thought I'd include it just in case you didn't have any luck with the first two. In any case, I'll have to show you the book to see if you'd like to borrow it. I hope for further eloborations on this blog entry later.
Was going to cheat and look up Encyclopaedia of Mythology for the first two, but there is nothing on Arachne in there! ;-PI was going to say Minos of Crete for (1) and (2), but I may just be confusing her with Ariadne (also famous for threads by the way, as the thread with which she guided Theseus through the labyrinth) ;-))Q 3 is the easiest: Athena, because she envied the superior skills of Arachne, a mere mortal, at weaving... and Athena (in the form of my mum, a very Athena-type woman) remains her nemesis to this day. Arachne also hung herself on her own thread, btw, so there is also a connection with suicide there (as if I needed reminding!) ;-PSorry, but this piece of mythology is too potent for me, to relate to either as "trivia" or "fun". Did you know that the very word trivia is a trivialisation of the goddess Hecate (after the "places where three ways meet", where sacrifices were originally offered in her name?)
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