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Aithra

Detail from Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 475-425 BC. London. British Museum E458 Phot. LXXVI C 12In mythology, the mother of Theseus, who brought him up at Troizen. When the Dioskouroi rescue their sister Helen from Theseus they carry off Aithra, to serve her at Sparta. She is then taken by Paris with Helen to Troy where, at the sack, she is recognized and rescued by her grandsons, Demophon and Akamas.

Above: Detail from Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 475-425 BC. London. British Museum E458 Phot. LXXVI C 12 © London. British Museum

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