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(Ἐριχθόνιος; Erichthónios).

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[1] Earthborn from Athens

Important figure of Athenian mythology; his birth from the earth is said to have taken place on the Acropolis and symbolized the autochthonal nature of Athenians. E.'s relation to the very similar sounding  Erechtheus is problematic; most of the early texts (e.g. Hom. Il. 2,546-51) speak of Erechtheus, not E., as the one born of the earth, and an original cult of E., which would differ fro…

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Kearns, Emily (Oxford), “Erichthonius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 11 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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