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Did you ever wonder how a spider spins a silk web Today we have a scientific answer to this question However in the early days of Rome people lacked the knowledge to provide scientific answers to this and many other questions They explained natural events in terms of stories about gods goddesses and heroes called myths Most myths concern gods or goddesses that had powers far greater than any human But in spite of their supernatural powers many gods goddesses and heroes of mythology had human characteristics They exhibited such emotions as love and jealousy and they experience birth and death A number of mythological figures even look like human beings In many cases the human qualities of these gods and goddesses reflect a societys ideals Good gods and goddesses had the qualities a society admires and evil ones had the qualities it dislikes In Roman mythology it was believed that a spider weaves a web because of the following myth Jupiter was king of the gods and ruler of the universe in Roman mythology It was believed that Minerva his daughter was born because he had a bad headache that could not be cured Eventually Vulcan split open Jupiters head Then out of nowhere jumped Minerva in armour with a shield and spear Minerva had a variety of functions in Roman mythology Originally she was the goddess of arts and crafts She represented skill in handicrafts particularly those associated with women such as spinning and weaving One tale about Minerva was that a woman called Arachne wove a perfect picture Minerva then tried to find some thing wrong with it When she couldnt she demolished her whole picture and turned Arachne into a spider That is why it is believed that the spider still weaves beautiful webs Today Arachnid is the name of any member of a class of small insect like land animals which include the spider Scientifically
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