According to the myth Aegina was a beautiful nymph, daughter of river god Asopus. Zeus fell in love with her, and in the form of an eagle abducted Aegina taking her to an island near Attica that was henceforth named after her. Aegina gave birth to a son, Aeacus, who became king of the island.


When the island was depopulated by a plague sent by Hera, in jealous reprisal for Zeus’s love for Aegina, Aeacus prayed to his father Zeus for the ants that were infesting at the time an oak tree to turn into humans to repopulate his kingdom. Therefore the famous Mirmidons were created (Mirmidon<merminx meaning ant in ancient Greek)