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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]
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[27.] Stefanidis, Menelaos (1992), "Aiakos and Peleus", in: Stefanidis, Menelaos (ed.), Theseus and Perseus, Athens: Sigma, 91-106 (in Greek).
(3) Achilles is regularly described as the 'son of Aiakos' in the Iliad (e.g.
You yourself are not one who shall live long, but now already death and powerful destiny are standing beside you, to go down under the hands of Aiakos' great son, Achilleus.'(1) The scene is doubly exceptional: the battle is fought in the evening and, at the beginning, the Greeks are stronger "beyond their very destiny" (780).
From Zeus came Aiakos, and from Aiakos came Achilles' father Peleus who ruled over many Myrmidons.