The Aegina island is named after Aegina, the daughter of the river god Asopos and the nymph Metope in Greek mythology. In myths detailing Aegina’s life, she is said to have been taken by Zeus to Oenone island. It’s here that she gave birth to her son Aeacus, who later became king of the island.

After the goddess Hera, Zeus’ wife, sent a plague that killed everyone on the island, Zeus is said to have turned all the ants on the island into men to repopulate it — and its these very men that are fabled to have fought for Achilles, another infamous hero of myth. Oenone island and Aegina island are, according to the stories, one and the same.

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Image Alt Text: Temple ruins on the island Aegina, Greece.

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