he may have been the first King of Athens -- he was half man and half serpent, exhibited autocthony - grew from the ground
Contest between Poseidon and Athena?
they had a contest to see who could win over the people of Athens to establish it as their place of worship
what did Athena and Poseidon offer to the people of Cecropia (athens) --- who won?
Athena offered an olive tree and poseidon gave them a sea water spring -- (sea water isn't very practical, the olive is a major crop) -- ATHENA WON --> hence ATHENS
Erichthonius -- his birth? significance?
Hephaesthus fell in love with Athena an some of his semen alnded on Athena's leg, she wiped it on the ground, Erichthonius was born through autochthony of Gaia and Hephaestus -- Erichthonius was the 2nd or 3rd kind of Athens
encounter between Erichthonius and the daughters of Cecrops?
The daughters of Cecrops found him in a basket, half snake, the snake went up to the temple and the daughters killed themselves
Erechtheus - son of who? significance (prophecy he received?)
son of Erichthonius and Pandion -- was at war with Eleusis and asked the oracle how to win -- he responded that he needed to sacrifice his daughter
Aegeus -- descendant of who? what procphecy does he receive?
descendant of Erectheus -- goes to the oracle because he is childless, the oracle tells him "don't untie the wineskin until you get home" -- Aegeus does not understand this
Where does Aegeus stop after hearing the prophecy? who does he meet here?
he stops in Troezen where he meets Pittheus
what does Pittheus think about the prophecy?
he understands that if Aegeus has sex he will produce offspring, he introduces Aegeus to his daughter
Who is Aethra? significance?
she is the son of Pittheus --Aethra has sex with Aegeus and Poseidon on the same night -- she has a son named Theseus
Theseus goes to war with who?
King Minos of Knossos in Crete
Who are Minos' parents?
Zeus and Europa
the wife of Minos who fals in love with a bull and produces the Minotaur (half man half bull)
builds a labyrinth to keep the minotaur contained in
Ariadne -- who's daughter? significance to Theseus?
Minos' daughter -- Theseus is in Crete in the labyrinth of the Minotaur -- Araidne offers to help him out if he agrees to marry her and get her out of there, he agrees and later leaves her stranded on an Island
the sister of Ariadne -- when Theseus goes back to be king of Athens, he marries Phaedra
Hippolytus -- son of who?
son of Theseus and Atiope the Amazon woman
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