The son of ZEUS and AEGINA, he became king of the island after his mother was abandoned there by ZEUS after a fling. When his subjects were decimated by plague, he turned to his father for help.
To make up for his previous bad behavior, ZEUS went for a quick solution and turned all the island’s ants into humans. These were known henceforth as the Myrmidons. His grandson ACHILLES later led them in battle during the Trojan War.
King AEACUS did have trouble with sons. Telamon and Peleus had to be banished for murdering the third one, Phocus. They wandered off and joined the Argonauts instead.
On his death he didn’t want to retire, so he was given the job of assistant to RHADAMANTHUS and MINOS, doing a bit of judging in the Underworld.
Article last updated on 12 February 2004
by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders
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Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "AEACUS: legendary mortal from Greek mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 12 Feb. 2004. Web. 31 August 2014.