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Kings of Athens

Before the Athenian democracy, the tyrants, and the archons, Athens was ruled by kings. Most of them are probably mythical or only semi-historical. This list is based on the list given by Eusebius.

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1 Earliest kings
2 Erechthids or Cecropidae

Earliest kings

These two kings were supposed to have ruled before the flood of the Deucalion story.

Erechthids or Cecropidae

Cecrops was considered the first true king of Athens, although he was a mythical half-man half-serpent. The dates for the following kings were conjectured centuries later.

Medontids or Melanthidae or Codridae

In 753 BC the kingship was replaced with an archonship (see Archons of Athens).