Aeacus


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Aeacus

(ē`əkəs), in Greek mythology, son of ZeusZeus
, in Greek religion and mythology, son and successor of Kronos as supreme god. His mother, Rhea, immediately after his birth concealed him from Kronos, who, because he was fated to be overthrown by one of his children, ate all his offspring.
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 and the nymph AeginaAegina
, in Greek mythology, river nymph, daughter of the river god Asopus. She was abducted by Zeus to the island Oenone, where she bore him a son, Aeacus. Aeacus later renamed the island in her honor.
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. He was the father of Peleus and Telamon. After a plague had nearly wiped out the inhabitants of his land, Zeus rewarded the pious Aeacus by changing a swarm of ants to men (known as Myrmidons). According to one legend, Aeacus and his people assisted Apollo and Poseidon in building the walls of Troy. After Aeacus' death, Zeus made him one of the three judges of Hades.

Aeacus

a judge of the dead. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
See: Justice
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Conti introduces us to the classical judges--Minos, Rhadamanthus, and Aeacus, and also gives us a detailed tour of the underworld, beginning with the rivers Acheron and Styx and continuing with its well-known inhabitants--Charon and Cerberus--as well as a host of monsters, most of them children of Erebus and Night.
69) Feeling sleepy, "He layeth him down to sleep; lightning and thunder; the curtains drawn, on a sudden Pluto, Minos, AEacus, Rhadamantus set in counsell, before them Malbecco his ghost guarded with Furies" (1.
They say Menoetius lives yet, son of Actor, And Peleus lives, son of Aeacus, among the Myrmidons, Either of whom having died, we should greatly grieve.
No man's house is more familiar to him than that Grove of Mars is to me, or Vulcan's Cave near the Aeolian Rocks; what the winds are up to, which shades Aeacus torments, whence that other one carries off the gold of a stolen fleecelet, how big the ash trees hurled by Monychus are-- endlessly the plane trees and the quaking marble statues at Fronto's house cry out, and the columns shattered by the unrelenting reader.
From there--the point where Aeacus, besought by drought-stricken citizens, petitioned his father for rain--the sea is visible on all sides, but it remains impossible to distill the more-than-godlike perspective of a map from the complexities of coast and contour.
El nombre de la isla se le llamo Aegina en honor de la joven y su hijo Aeacus fue el abuelo de Aquiles, a quien se le llamo algunas veces Aeacides, descendiente de Aeacus (5).
When Aeacus taught them to build ships, and exercized them in martial discipline: where by they were both animated, and inabled to resist the injuries of strangers" (347).
Once dead, Rhadamanthus will judge the dead souls from Asia, Aeacus those from Europe, while Minos will have the privilege of a final judgment if the other two are at a loss about anything.
6) And he credits Cadmus with the invention of mining and metallurgy: 'argentum invenit Erichthonius Atheniensis, ut alii Aeacus, auri metalia et flaturam Cadmus Phoenix ad Pangaeum montem' ('Erichthonius of Athens, or according to others Aeacus, discovered silver; mining and smelting gold was invented by Cadmus the Phoenician at Mount Pangaeus', Nat.
This is made clear by the portrayal of the three sons of Aeacus praying together in harmony (line 11, esp.
The ants were changed into humans by Zeus at the request of Aeacus, king of the island.
In Greek mythology, a son of Aeacus, king of Aegina.