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Ancestral hero of Aegina, whose eponymous nymph bore him to Zeus; to give him company, Zeus turned the island's ant population into humans. As a primeval figure, he was naturally close to the gods, and he retained their favour; acc. to Pindar, he helped Apollo and Poseidon build the walls of Laomedon's Troy and even settled disputes between the gods themselves. Famous for his justice and piety in life, he became a judge in the Underworld. He was the founder of the warrior clan of the Aeacidae: his sons Peleus and Telamon, exiled for the murder of their brother, fathered Achilles and Ajax (see aias 1 ) respectively.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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