ECHION

ΕΧΙΩΝ

1. One of the five surviving Spartae that had grown up from the dragon's teeth, which Cadmus had sown. (Apollod. iii. 4. § 1; Hygin. Fab. 178; Ov. Met. iii. 126.) He was married to Agave, by whom he became the father of Pentheus. (Apollod. iii. 5. § 2.) He is said to have dedicated a temple of Cybele in Boeotia, and to have assisted Cadmus in the building of Thebes. (Ov. Met. x. 68(6.)

2. A son of Hermes and Antianeira at Alope. (Hygin. Fab. 14; Apollon. Rhod. i. 56.) He was a twin-brother of Erytus or Eurytus, together with whom he took part in the Calydonian hunt, and in the expedition of the Argonauts, in which, as the son of Hermes, he acted the part of a cunning spy. (Pind. Pyth. iv. 179; Ov. Met. viii. 311; comp. Orph. Argon. 134, where his mother is called Laothoë.)

3. A third personage of this name, one of the giants, is mentioned by Claudian. (Gigant. 104.)