Shift of power from minoan to mycenaean"s are noticed in the myth. 1st king of athens is cecrops 1600 bc: their king is portrayed to be part snake that came right from the. This is because athenians believe that they were always from the earth and that other greeks were outsiders. Cecrops 1st king: he is regarded as the foundation layer (culture hero) for the societal rules of athens. Funeral: cecrops was the king around the time period when athena and. Poseidon were fighting over who was the god of athens. Ericthornius was the king who came from athena and hephaestus: when hephaestus tried to rape athena he came on her leg and this semen dripped to the earth and gave birth to ericthornius. Birth of ericthornius picture: athena and hephaestus. The athenians choose this myth because they wish to be associated with athena the goddess of their city.