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.