Final Exam: Background Stories - Minos And Crete, Theseus And Athens
Who is Cecrops? - Importance?
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