According to ancient Greek myth, the first spider to ever live was a once human girl named Arachne.
She lived in the ancient city of Lydia in Turkey and was famous for her ability to weave beautiful clothing.
Arachne gained fame for her weaving and became boastful of her ability, telling people that her weaving was far more beautiful than anything made by the goddess Athena.
Athena, as the patron goddess of crafts became highly insulted by this claim. She challenged Arachne to a weaving contest.
Arachne wasted no time and produced a mocking work of that depicted the gods behaving badly. It was an impeccable piece of weaving that won the contest. Arachne had beaten Athena at her own game.
Athena’s response was swift and severe – she turned Arachne into a spider, and doomed her forever to weave webs for the rest of time.