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Aegeus
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(Αἰγεύς; Aigeús). Mythical king of Athens, one of the 10  eponymoi and father of Theseus. The canonical history depicts him as a son of king  Pandium, of Attica, who shared Attica between A. and his brothers Pallas, Lycus and Nisus. A. received the region around Athens. But his appearance there could also have occurred later: Beazley ARV2 259.1 shows the other brothers with Orneus, not with A. As king he was childless for a long time. Upon enquiring from the Delphic Oracle, he was told ‘not to open the tap of the wine skin, until back …

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Kearns, Emily (Oxford), “Aegeus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 12 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e109670>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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