Erichthonius and Adoption

Birth of Erichthonius: Athena receives the baby Erichthonius from the hands of the earth mother Gaia, Attic red-figure stamnos, 470–460 BC, Staatliche Antikensammlungen (Inv. 2413)
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Biography

Erichthonius was the son of the god Hephestus and possibly Atthis, but fostered by the goddess Athena, and raised in a chest[!] by the daughter(s) of Cecrops. He became king of Athens and is credited with introducing chariot driving and silver to mankind.

References

Oxford Classical Dictionary, edited by M. Cary, et al. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1949) Encyclopedia of Religion. 16 vols. (New York: Macmillan, 1987) Tufts University Perseus Project. "Perseus Encyclopedia: Erichthonios." Available at: [1]