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Daughter of Pittheus, king of Troezen, mother of Theseus by Aegeus or, according to another account, by Poseidon. While Homer merely mentions her as a servant of Helen at Troy, later legend adds that when the Dioscuri took Aphidnae and set free their sister, whom Theseus had carried off, they conveyed Aethra to Sparta as a slave, whence she accompanied Helen to Troy; and that on the fall of that city they brought her grandsons, Acamas and Demophoön, back to Athens.


A daughter of Oceanus, by whom Atlas begot the twelve Hyades (q.v.) and a son, Hyas.

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