In Greek mythology, Aegina was the daughter of the river-god Asopus and the nymph Metope. She bore at least two children: Menoetius by Actor, and Aeacus by Zeus. Both of her offspring had gone on to become kings.

Menoetius was king of Opus, and was counted among the Argonauts. Aegina was the grandmother of Patroclus (Achilles' best friend or lover), whom was Menoetius' son.

Aeacus was the king of Oenone, and was known to have contributed help to Poseidon and Apollo in building the walls of Troy. Aegina was the great grandmother Achilles, whom was son of Peleus, son of Aeacus.

Aegina Visited By Jupiter Print by Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Aegina Visited by Jupiter, Jean-Baptiste Greuze

The Abduction

It is said that Zeus took the form of an eagle and abducted Aegina, taking her to an island near Attica called Oenone; henceforth known by her name. Aegina's father Asopus chased after them; however, Zeus threw down his thunderbolts, sending Asopus back to his own waters. Aegina eventually gave birth to her son Aeacus, who became king of the island.

For the island of the same name: see Aegina.

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