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Chapter 7: The Royal House of Athens

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ApB.  3.14-15 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

Cecrops, a son of the soil, with a body compounded of man and serpent, was the first king of Attica, and the country which was formerly called Acte he named Cecropia after himself.1 In his time, they say, the gods resolved to take possession of cities in which each of them should receive his own peculiar worship. So Poseidon was the first that came to Attica, and with a blow of his trident on the middle of the acropolis, he produced a sea which they now call Erechtheis. After him came Athena, and, having called on Cecrops to witness her act of taking possession, she planted an olive tree, which is still shown in the Pandrosium. But when the two strove for possession of the country, Zeus parted them and appointed arbiters, not, as some have affirmed, Cecrops and Cranaus, nor yet Erysichthon, but the twelve gods. And in accordance with their verdict the country was adjudged to Athena, because Cecrops bore witness that she had been the first to plant the olive. Athena, therefore, called the city Athens after herself, and Poseidon in hot anger flooded the Thriasian plain and laid Attica under the sea. 

[2Cecrops married Agraulus, daughter of Actaeus, and had a son Erysichthon, who departed this life childless; and Cecrops had daughters, Agraulus, Herse, and Pandrosus. Agraulus had a daughter Alcippe by Ares. In attempting to violate Alcippe, Halirrhothius, son of Poseidon and a nymph Euryte, was detected and killed by Ares. Impeached by Poseidon, Ares was tried in the Areopagus before the twelve gods, and was acquitted.  Continue Reading  Greek Text

Bak 18.15 – Bakchylides

…O son of Pandion and Kreousa (Transl. Aaron J. Ivey).  Greek Text

AthPol epitome of the lost beginningAristotle, Athenaion Politeia (Constitution of the Athenias)

Erechtheus was succeeded as king by Pandion, who divided up his realm among his sons.  Greek Text

ΣA Il 2.547 – Scholia A to Homer Iliad Scholia Graeca in Homeri Iliadem 1, p. 118, ed. W. Dindorf and E. Maass. Oxford 1875.

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