16 Facts About Aegina


Tradition derives the name from Aegina, the mother of the hero Aeacus, who was born on the island and became its king.

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Province of Aegina was one of the provinces of the Attica Prefecture and was created in 1833 as part of Attica and Boeotia Prefecture.

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Aegina, according to Herodotus, was a colony of Epidaurus, to which state it was originally subject.

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Aegina's attempt was at first unsuccessful; but, after the deposition of Demaratus, he visited the island a second time, accompanied by his new colleague Leotychides, seized ten of the leading citizens and deposited them at Athens as hostages.

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Aegina was to seize the old city, and they were to come to his aid on the same day with seventy vessels.

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The refusal of Aegina was in the diplomatic guise of "sending the Aeacidae.

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Aegina belonged to the East Roman Empire after the division of the Roman Empire in 395.

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Aegina agreed to surrender the island to Venice if his family became extinct.

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Aegina obtained money for its defences by reluctantly sacrificing its cherished relic, the head of St George, which had been carried there from Livadia by the Catalans.

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The number of the Athenians at that time exceeded 6, 000, the Albanians from the villages of Attica excluded, whilst in 1674 the population of Aegina did not seem to exceed 3, 000 inhabitants, two thirds of which were women.

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In 1699, thanks to English mediation, the war ended with the peace of Karlowitz by which Venice retained possession of the 7 Ionian islands as well as Butrinto and Parga, the Morea, Spinalonga and Suda, Tenos, Santa Maura and Aegina and ceased to pay a tribute for Zante, but which restored Lepanto to the Ottoman sultan.

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Cerigo and Aegina were united administratively since the peace with Morea, which not only paid all the expenses of administration but furnished a substantial balance for the naval defence of Venice, in which it was directly interested.

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In Greek mythology, Aegina was a daughter of the river god Asopus and the nymph Metope.

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Aegina's bore at least two children: Menoetius by Actor, and Aeacus by the god Zeus.

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Aegina was the gathering place of Myrmidons; in Aegina they gathered and trained.

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Zeus needed an elite army and at first thought that Aegina, which at the time did not have any villagers, was a good place.

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