Auriga (oh-RYE-gah) The Charioteer - like many characters, Auriga has an unclear origin in myth. The constellation is associated with goats and the premise of this appears to involve Amaltheia, a goat-nymph that suckled Zeus as an infant in Crete. Auriga is generally depicted with a goat draped over his left shoulder, which is represented by the star Capella (meaning \lquote she goat\rquote , \lquote small goat\rquote or simply the \lquote goat star\rquote ). The \lquote kids\rquote are said to represent the children of Amaltheia. Another explanation linking charioteers to goats is that apparently it was common practice for horse keepers to also tend the other livestock of the estate.
So Athena decided to check out how her armor was coming along and went to the forge where Hephaestus was hard at work. Upon seeing Athena, he turned suddenly, sprung
upon and attempted to ravage her. As she tore herself out of his clutches the excited Hephaestus spilled his seed upon her thigh. She, being absolutely repulsed by
these actions, grabbed a nearby hand full of wool, wiped herself off and threw it away in disgust. It fell to the ground near Athens and accidentally fertilized
Mother Earth, who being quite revolted by the circumstances of how this all came about, indicated she would accept no responsibility for the child produced by this
union. So Athena took charge of the infant naming him Erichthonius. Not wishing to have Poseidon get the last laugh at what she considered his irreprehensible
behavior, she hid the child away in a sacred basket, which she gave into the safekeeping of Aglauros, a princess of Athens.
Later on Hermes (Mercury) bribed Aglauros to allow him access to her sister Herse, with whom he'd fallen much in love. Unfortunately, Aglauros took his gold but did nothing to earn it because Athena had made her jealous of her sister's 'good fortune' (I suppose the 'good fortune' being that Hermes desired her). The end result of this was Hermes upon finding his bribery attempt foiled, turned her into stone in his anger and got access to Herse anyway. This obviously put a crimp in Athena's plan for Erichthonius and she had to rethink the situation.
With Aglauros no longer available for childcare, Athena took Erichthonius under her direct auspices and raised him, probably thinking enough time had passed that Poseidon wouldn't recall the incident anyway. Athena and her admirers taught him to be a great horseman and she reared him so tenderly that many mistook her for his mother. He later became the king of Athens, where he established a cult to Athena in way of thanks and probably viewed her as his parent. With his vast knowledge and abilities with horses, he invented and developed the four-horse chariot. This was considered such a great boon to mankind that his image was set among the stars as the constellation Auriga where even today we still honor his memory and deeds.