According to legend, the Dorian leader Aletes had been told by the Delphic oracle that the Dorian invasion of Athens would succeed as long as the king was not harmed. The news of this prophecy, that only the death of an Athenian king would ensure the safety of Athens, quickly found its way to the ears of Kodros. In devotion to his people, Kodros disguised himself as a peasant and provoked a Dorian soldier into killing him. The Dorians, realising Kodros had been slain, decided to retreat in fear of their prophesied defeat. In the aftermath of these events, it was claimed that no one thought himself worthy to succeed Kodros and so the title of king was abolished, and that of archon substituted for it.
Kodros in "Counting Potsherds"Edit
Kodros was named in Yauna legend as the last king of Athens. Yet Athens continued as a city state for nearly six centuries after his death. Polydoros knew no more than this. Mithredath could not believe that a city state could exist so long without a king.
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