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  1. Greek myth a king of Athens who sacrificed one of his daughters because the oracle at Delphi said this was the only way to win the war against the Eleusinians
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Examples from the Web for erechtheus

Historical Examples

  • But I may not leave Prokris, whom Erechtheus has given to me to be my wife.

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  • So Prokris sailed back to the land of Erechtheus with the gifts of Artemis.

  • Her father Erechtheus bestowed her upon me, and for love she chose me for her own.

  • Menestheus, the great grandson of Erechtheus, Reigns at Athens.

  • There was a small entrance through the podium at the side, and stairs leading down to the shrine of Erechtheus.

Word Origin and History for erechtheus


legendary first king and founder of Athens, from Latin Erechtheus, from Greek Erekhtheos, literally "render, shaker" (of the earth), from erekhthein "to rend, break, shatter, shake." Hence, Erechtheum, the name of a temple on the Athenian acropolis.

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