A son of Erichthonius, the king of Athens, by the naiad Pasithea, was married to Zeuxippe, by whom he became the father of Procne and Philomela, and of the twins Erechtheus and Butes. In a war against Labdacus, king of Thebes, he called upon Tereus of Daulis in Phocis, for assistance, and afterwards rewarded him by giving him his daughter Procne in marriage.

It was in his reign that Dionysus and Demeter were said to have come to Attica.



  • Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 5.3.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 14.6 ff.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Thucydides, ii, 29.

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