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Erysichthon of Attica

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In Greek mythology, Erysichthon (also spelled Erisichthon, both of which translate as "Earth-tearer") was the son of King Cecrops I of Athens and Agraulus. He died childless during his father's reign. He was said to have died in Prasiae (modern Porto Rafti), on the east coast of Attica, as he was returning from the holy island of Delos with a statue of Eileithuia, goddess of childbirth. Of the three ancient wooden images of the goddess that could be seen at her temple at Athens, one was identified as the image that Erysichthon had brought from Delos. According to Pausanias, Erysichthon’s tomb could be seen at Prasiae, where his corpse was said to have been buried after his ship had arrived in port.[1][2]


  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 14. 2
  2. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 1. 2. 5; 1. 18. 5; 1. 31. 2
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