There once was a time where Hephaestus, the god of fire, had been abandoned by his wife Aphrodite and was driven to desperation... until one fine day, the wheels of fate turned and the goddess Athena paid him a visit in his workshop, asking him to make her some weapons.
No sooner did the goddess enter the workshop than Hephaestus felt strong passion for her, in the hope she would give him her love for gratitude. Athena, however, was determined to remain a virgin so she was shying away from any men. But Hephaestus showed no mercy-he passionately grasped her and tried to commit rape, but all he could do was spilling his semen on her thigh…
Overwhelmed with shame, Athena wiped the sperm with a piece of wool and threw it away in disgust. So doing, the seed fell down, fertilized Mother Earth Gaea and a dreadful, half-serpent creature came to life. The creature was given the name Erichthonius ('erion': wool+ 'chthon':earth).
Athena took Erichthonius, hid him inside a basket and added two snakes in order to guard him. She then sent it away to Athens to the kingdom of Cecrops, so that his daughters Herse, Pandrosus and Aglaulus could take proper care of the baby.
Athena had strictly prohibited everybody to view the basket’s contents but the three sisters couldn’t help opening the basket out of curiosity and quickly peeked what was lying inside...
But what was their surprise when they saw the monstrous creature!
Frightened, the sisters ran away hastily, screamed and jumped to death off the Acropolis.
Athena heard the sad news from a white herald raven and out of frustration she turned the raven from white into black. She then threw a huge rock from the sky, which she was carrying for the fortification of the Acropolis. Out of the rock, the wonderful hill of Lycabettus was created in the very center of Athens!
Athena finally took Erichthonius and imprisoned him inside a temple and the temple was named "Erechtheion" in the creature's honor.