Erichthonius


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Erichthonius

(ĕrĕkthō`nēəs), in Greek mythology, son of Hephaestus and Athena, half man and half serpent. After his birth Athena concealed him in a chest that she gave to the daughters of Cecrops to keep. They opened it and were so frightened by Erichthonius' shape that they killed themselves. Athena then reared him among the gods. He is often confused with ErechtheusErechtheus
, in Greek mythology, king of Athens. On the advice of an oracle he sacrificed one of his daughters during the battle between the Athenians and the Eleusinians. This enabled him to win the battle, but Poseidon later destroyed him and all his house.
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Erichthonius

world’s richest man in classical times. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 91]
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Erichthonius begat Tros, king of the Trojans, and Tros had three noble sons, Ilus, Assaracus, and Ganymede who was comeliest of mortal men; wherefore the gods carried him off to be Jove's cupbearer, for his beauty's sake, that he might dwell among the immortals.
But Dardanus came to the coast of the mainland -- from him Erichthonius and thereafter Tros were sprung, and Ilus, and Assaracus, and godlike Ganymede, -- when he had left holy Samothrace in his many-benched ship.
17-24 is presumed from the apparent mention of Erichthonius in l.
Despite the variation in feeding strategy, a few prey items were consumed by all 3 species, such as the amphipods Erichthonius brasiliensis and Microprotopus raneyi and the mysid Promysis atlantica.
In disgust, she wiped off the seed with wool and threw it on the ground; and as she fled and the seed fell on the ground, Erichthonius was produced".
This close analysis posits both the depth of Rubens' knowledge of classical sculpture and mythology and his role as part of a larger community of collectors and enthusiasts of classical antiquity through examination of four of his paintings: Prometheus bound, The rape of the daughters of Leucippus, Juno and Argus, and The finding of Erichthonius.
8 12 37 Caprella penantis (G) 34 2 3 Astyris lunata 4 8 2 Erichthonius brasiliensis 4 1 5 Ampithoe marcuzii (G) 0 0 9 Other gastropods 2 4 0 Polychaetes 6 1 0 Cerapus tubularis 0 0 0 Paracaprella tenuis 0 0 1 Stenothoe sp.
6) And he credits Cadmus with the invention of mining and metallurgy: 'argentum invenit Erichthonius Atheniensis, ut alii Aeacus, auri metalia et flaturam Cadmus Phoenix ad Pangaeum montem' ('Erichthonius of Athens, or according to others Aeacus, discovered silver; mining and smelting gold was invented by Cadmus the Phoenician at Mount Pangaeus', Nat.
It may be significant that Erichthonius, who became the richest of all mortals, is called [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], while Dardanus before him, who lived in a more modest condition of early days of Troy, is not (Il.
Erichthonius, Erysichthon), to have been born of the earth and raised by Athena, and to have something serpentine about them.
From this analysis we see that Callimachus, like Ovid, used the crow as a first-person narrator, who gave an aetiology for Athena's hatred of crows, told the story of the Cecropids' illicit peek at the infant Erichthonius, and prophesied the raven's metamorphosis.
As the oldest compilation of Greek star myths, the Catasterismi opens its entry for Auriga without any ambiguity: "This is Erichthonius, the son of Hephaestus [the Olympian god of the forge] and Gaea [Mother Earth], who was the first man to harness a chariot.