Metion was the son of King Erectheus of Athens. He banished his uncle (King Cecrops II) and became King of Athens. Metion himself succeeded by his cousin Pandion II. However, some of Metion's sons expelled Pandion from Athens. These sons were exiled by Pandion's sons (Aegeus, Lycus and Nisos) and Pandion was restored.
One of Metion's sons was the notable inventor Daedalus, who did not become king of Athens because he killed his nephew Perdix (and was banished to Crete, where he built the Labyrinth). The next (and last) of Erectheus' descendants to rule over Athens was Menestheus, son of Peteus and grandson of Orneus (Metion's brother). Menestheus succeeded Theseus, the son of Aegeus.
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