# Where was Arachne from?

Interestingly enough, I was in Spain 2 weeks ago, and of course I went to Museo del Prado to see Velazquez' $\text{Las Hilanderas}$.
And of course $\text{Las Hilanderas}$ ($\text{The spinners}$) depict the Greek myth of the spinning contest between Arachne and the goddess Athena. Arachne was reputedly born in Colophon in Asia Minor...
I was just reading the accounts on the web, and she either won or lost the contest, and in any case Athena turned her into a spider. The Linnaean classification of spiders as $\text{arachnids}$ clearly refers to the myth....