Codrus

Greek - The last king of Athens. Son of Melanthus. Father of Medon. Some say he was an early king of Athens, some the last king. He attained the throne by killing the previous king, Xanthus. It was prophesied that the Dorians would conquer Attica if the king was spared, so Codrus entered their camp and died fighting. The Dorians gave up the fight and withdrew. Since no man felt worthy to follow such a king, the royal position was abolished. Occasionally identified as Codrus, Kodros or Kodros.

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