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The name Cecrops means 'face with a tail' and it is said that this mythical Greek king, born from the earth itself, had his top half shaped like a man and the bottom half in serpent or fish-tail form. He was first king and founder of Athens itself, though preceded in the region by earth-born Actaeus, king of Attica. Cecrops was a culture-hero, teaching the Athenians marriage, reading and writing, and ceremonial burial.


During his reign Athena became the patron goddess of the city of Athens in a competition with Poseidon which Cecrops judged. They agreed that each would give the Athenians one gift and Cecrops would choose whichever gift they preferred. Poseidon struck the ground with his trident and a spring sprang up; the water was salty and not very useful, whereas Athena offered them an olive tree. Cecrops accepted the olive tree and along with it Athena as their patron, for the olive tree brought wood, oil and food.


The Acropolis was also known as the Cecropia in his honor.


Cecrops I was the father of three daughters: Herse, Pandrosus and Aglaurus. To them was given a box or jar containing the infant Erichthonius of Athens to guard unseen. They looked, and terrified by the two serpents Athena had set within to guard the child, they fled in terror and lept from the Acropolis to their deaths. Some accounts say one of the sisters was turned to stone instead.


Cecrops' son Erysichthon predeceased him and he was succeeded by Cranaus.



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Cecrops I - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (326 words)
Cecrops judged the olive tree to be the superior gift, for the olive tree brought wood, oil and food, and consequently accepted Athena as their patron.
Cecrops I was the father of three daughters: Herse, Pandrosus and Aglaurus.
Cecrops' son Erysichthon predeceased him and he was succeeded by Cranaus.
Athens, Greek Mythology Link. (1861 words)
King Cecrops 1, who had a body compounded of man and serpent, was a so called "son of the soil", although sometimes he is called son of Gaia.
Because Cecrops 1 witnessed that Athena had been the first to plant the olive, the twelve gods who had been appointed as arbiters by Zeus, decided in her favour.
Cecrops 2 was succeeded by his son Pandion 4, who reigned in Athens until he was expelled by the sons of Metion 1, and having emigrated to Megara, he was later proclaimed king of that city.
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