The group Arakne Mediterranea takes their name from Arakne. The name Arakne (Arachni) was the name of a young Greek princess who was transformed into a spider by the Goddess Athena (according to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, VI, vv. 1 – 145). Arakne caused herself embarrassment by winning a weaving competition against the goddess herself, so she decided to hang herself. Athena forgave her, allowed her to live and transformed her into to spider.