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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.
..... Click the link for more information. 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.
..... Click the link for more information. . 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.
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a judge of the dead. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
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