The Collaborative International Dictionary
Aega may refer to:
- Aega (mythology), several mythological Greek characters
- Aega (Mayor of the Palace), or Ega, is the name of a mayor of the palace of Neustria
- Aega (genus), a genus of isopod crustaceans
Aega (also spelled Ega or Egua) was the mayor of the palace and regent, alongside the queen mother Nanthild, of Neustria and Burgundy from 639, on the death of Dagobert I, to his death in 641, during the reign of the minor Clovis II. He was a hardened opponent of the local Burgundian nobility. On his death, at Clichy, Nanthild replaced him in Burgundy by Flaochad, a Frank and like opponent of the local power factions. The magnates elevated Erchinoald to his mayoralty in Neustria.
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Aega ( Greek: ) was, according to Hyginus, a daughter of Olenus, who was a descendant of Hephaestus. Aega and her sister Helice nursed the infant Zeus in Crete, and the former was afterwards changed by the god into the constellation called Capella.
According to other traditions mentioned by Hyginus, Aega was a daughter of Melisseus, king of Crete, and was chosen to suckle the infant Zeus; but as she was found unable to do it, the service was performed by the goat Amalthea. Hyginus also reports a tradition that while married to Pan she had a son by Zeus whom she called Aegipan.
According to other authors, Aega was a daughter of Helios and Perse and of such dazzling brightness that the Titans in their attack upon Olympus became frightened and requested their mother Gaia to conceal her in the earth. She was accordingly confined in a cave in Crete, where she became the nurse of Zeus. In the Titanomachy, Zeus was commanded by an oracle to cover himself with her skin (aegis). He obeyed the command and raised Aega among the stars.
Similar, though somewhat different accounts, were given by Euemerus and others. It is clear that in some of these stories Aega is regarded as a nymph, and in others as a goat, though the two ideas are not kept clearly distinct from each other. Her name is either connected with , which signifies a goat, or with , a gale of wind; and this circumstance has led some critics to consider the myth about her as made up of two distinct ones, one being of an astronomical nature and derived from the constellation Capella, the rise of which brings storms and tempests, and the other referring to the goat which was believed to have suckled the infant Zeus in Crete.
Aega is a genus of isopods in the family Aegidae, containing the following species:
- Aega acuminata Hansen, 1897
- Aega acuticauda Richardson, 1910
- Aega affinis Milne Edwards, 1840
- Aega antarctica Hodgson, 1910
- Aega angustata Whitelegge, 1901
- Aega antennata Richardson, 1910
- Aega approximata Richardson, 1910
- Aega bicarinata Leach, 1818
- Aega chelipous Barnard, 1960
- Aega concinna Hale, 1940
- Aega crenulata Lutken, 1859
- Aega dofleini Thielemann, 1910
- Aega ecarinata Richardson, 1898
- Aega falcata Kensley & Chan, 2001
- Aega falklandica Kussakin, 1967
- Aega hamiota Bruce, 2004
- Aega hirsuta Schiödte & Meinert, 1879
- Aega komai Bruce, 1996
- Aega lecontii (Dana, 1853)
- Aega leptonica Bruce, 1988
- Aega magnifica (Dana, 1853)
- Aega maxima Hansen, 1897
- Aega megalops Norman & Stebbing, 1886
- Aega microphthalma Dana, 1853
- Aega monophthalma Johnston, 1834
- Aega nanhaiensis Yu, 2007
- Aega platyantennata Nunomura, 1993
- Aega psora (Linnaeus, 1758)
- Aega punctulata Miers, 1881
- Aega semicarinata Miers, 1875
- Aega serripes H. Milne Edwards, 1840
- Aega sheni Yu & Bruce, 2006
- Aega stevelowei Bruce, 2009
- Aega tridens Leach, 1815
- Aega truncata Richardson, 1910
- Aega urotoma Barnard, 1914
- Aega webbii (Guérin-Méneville, 1836)
- Aega whanui Bruce, 2009
Usage examples of "aega".
Her filial impatience was seconded by the pious bishop: Theodoret, in a letter still extant, recommends Maria to the bishop of Aegae, a maritime city of Cilicia, which was frequented, during the annual fair, by the vessels of the West.