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Zeus and the island of Aegina
According to Greek mythology, Zeus, the king of the gods, once fell in love with the most beautiful of the 20 daughters of the river god Asopus. Her name was Aegina. So he kidnapped the girl and took her to the small island of Oenone, near Attica.
There she gave birth to a boy and named him Aeacus. Soon Aeacus became the king of the island and the island was named after his mother, Aegina.
To populate Aegina and make it strong, Zeus took all the ants ("myrmigia" in Greek) of the island and turned them into warriors with 6 hands and black armor. For this reason, the inhabitants of Aegina were given the name "myrmidons".
Later, the Myrmidons were commanded by the Greek hero Achilles and became the fiercest fighters of Ancient Greece.