Three Stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses

In all three of the following myths, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, there is the concept of man’s pride and then his fall before God (in this case a god or several gods). He is then turned into a part of nature in punishment.

The first myth is Arachne and Minerva. Arachne is a woman who has been taught by the goddess Minerva to weave. She pridefully believes herself to be the best weaver. Minerva, her own pride hurt, challenges her to a weaving contest. Arachne wins. Enraged, the goddess changes Arachne into a spider (an arachnid), the most skilled weaver to this day.

Niobe is the second myth. Niobe is a haughty queen who has wealth, power, beauty and fourteen children. She discourages the people from worshiping the beautiful goddess Latona (also known as Leto), because she is jealous. The furious goddess retaliates by sending Phoebe and Phoebus (Apollo and Artemis) to kill the queen’s family. Finally, helpless and distraught, Niobe is turned into a weeping marble statue.

The last tale is Rustics turned to Frogs. The Rustics were the rude and unsophisticated people of the city. When the goddess Latona went to a pool to drink, they muddied the water in order to prevent her. Then, infuriated, she turns them into frogs. Since then, frogs have been muddying the pools and groaning about their misfortune.


5 thoughts on “Three Stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses

    • Avery, I would love to help you. What do you need? Editing, advice on content etc..?
      1) Maybe this is obvious to everybody, but what is the ‘pilot program?’ You might want to explain that in the beginning.
      2) I presume that you will be reading this paper to the audience. If so, I think you should instead put down some guidelines to follow. Something like this: (go down the page to the section titled ‘prioritization.’) You can use the steps I list in that article also. I suggest this because when you read something to yourself and then hear it spoken, they are different. This is because you don’t speak the way you write. If you have guidelines like those above (in the pre-writing), then you can follow those, but speak naturally.
      After you have gotten the guidelines (if you choose so), then I would suggest that you lecture it to the wall, parents, siblings etc… for lots of practice. Even record yourself for you to hear.
      3) I can check the paper for typos if you want.
      4) I advise that you try re-writing the paper with the guidelines listed in my above article if you have not already done so. That way, if you decide to read the paper itself (instead of following guidelines) then you will have a properly organized paper.
      Why don’t you ask your parents to help you as well? They, I am sure, can probably help you better than I can.
      Hope this helps! If not, please tell me.
      ~Myriam 🙂
      P.S. When are you giving the speech?


      • Thank you! unfortunately, I gave the speech like two hours before i posted it on my page so I didnt get a chance to use your wonderful advice(which probably took you a long time to type) But i made a few adjustments, read it and it was successful…sort of. Chickens did not pass but we will still keep trying. A pilot program is where a city just tries something out for about a year to two years.
        Well, THANK YOU MYRIAM! I will deffinantly use your tips when I give my next presentation. 😀
        Avery ;p


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