A son of Erichthonius and Praxithea, and husband of Alcippe. His sons, the Metionidae, expelled their cousin Pandion from his kingdom of Athens, but were themselves afterwards expelled by the sons of Pandion.1

Diodorus2 calls Daedalus one of the sons of Metion, and Metion himself a son of Eupalamus and grandson of Erichthonius.3 Apollodorus4 on the other hand, calls Eupalamus a son of Metion and father of Daedalus. According to a Sicyonian legend, Sicyon also was a son of Metion and a grandson of Erichthonius.5



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 15.1, 5, 6, 8; Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 5.3.
  2. Historical Library iv, 76.
  3. comp. Plato. Ion, p. 533, a.; Pausanias. Description of Greece vii, 4.5.
  4. The Library iii, 15.8.
  5. Pausanias. Description of Greece ii, 6.3; comp. Scholiast on Sophocles' Oedipus Colonus, 468, who calls the wife of Metion Iphinoe.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.