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)


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.


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: