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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The sixth mosaic depicts the wedding of Thetis and the Greek hero Peleus, son of Aeacus, king of the island of Aegina, with several gods attending the wedding bearing gifts.
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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.
They say Menoitos, the son of Actor, still lives, and Peleus son of Aeacus still lives among the Myrmidons.
He skips directly to the dry description of Myrmidons, the sons of Aeacus and Actor, and the grief one would show to fallen fighters.
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.
Is Socrates suggesting that Zeus' sons, Rhadamanthus, Aeacus, and Minos, are to be the afterlife substitutes of earthly witnesses?