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Sciras

Σκιράς), a surname of Athena, under which she had a temple in the Attic port of Phaleron, and in the island of Salamis (Paus. 1.1.4; Hdt. 8.94). In the month of Scirophorion a festival was celebrated at Athens in honour of her, which was called σκιραφόρια (Harpocr. s. v. Σκίρον). The foundation of the temple at Phaleron is ascribed by Pausanias to a soothsayer, Scirus of Dodona, who is said to have come to Attica at the time when the Eleusinians were at war with king Erechtheus. (Paus. 1.36.3 ; comp. Strab. ix. p.393; Steph. Byz. s. v. Σκίρος.)

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