Monday 6 July 2015


           In Greek mythology, Cecrops was described as the son of soil (Gaea), with a body of compounded of man and serpent (or dragon). Cecrops married Aglaulus1, daughter of  Actaeus (first king of Greek), and inherited throne. Cecrops was founder of the city of Athens.

Cecrops was the first man to offer sacrifices to the goddess Athena following her birth from the head of ZeusDuring Cecrops time,  the gods competed with each other to gain the patronage of the cities. In Athens this competition took place between Poseidon and Athena. The two raced ferociously towards the hill of the Acropolis. Athena took Cecrops as her witness while she planted an olive tree on the hill of the Acropolis. Poseidon had no witness that he had created the well or salt sea. When Cecrops was asked to adjudicate, he descided in Athena favour.

Cecrops, Athena and Poseidon

Cecrops was first to acknowledge Zeus as the supreme god and first to set up altars and statues of the gods. Cecrops instituted marriage among the Athenians, who before lives promiscuously.
                          From his wife Agraulus1, Cecrops became father of a son, Erysichthon and three daughters- Agraulus2, Herse and Pandrosus. Cecrops was succeeded on the throne by Athena's foster son Erichthonius  (see Athena and Hephaestus).


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