The Aeacids in ancient Greece were the mythical descendants of Aeacus, son of Zeus and the nymph Aegina. The son of Aeacus was Peleus, the son of Peleus was Achilles, the son of Achilles was Neoptolemus and finally the son of Neoptolemus was Molossus, mythical ancestor of the Molossians. Famous people who claimed Aeacid descent, through their mythical ancestor Achilles, were Pyrrhus of Epirus, Olympias and Alexander the Great on his mother's side.
- ↑ Chamoux, François and Roussel, Michel. Hellenistic Civilization. Blackwell Publishing, 2003, p. 396, ISBN 0631222421. "AEACIDS Descendants of Aeacus, son of Zeus and the nymph Aegina, eponymous (see the term) to the island of that name. His son was Peleus, father of Achilles, whose descendants (real or supposed) called themselves Aeacids: thus Pyrrhus and Alexander the Great."