It's Labor Day weekend and I started thinking about worker ants. Doesn't everyone?
Myrmidon, a king of Thessalian Phthia who was a son of Zeus and "wide-ruling" Eurymedousa, a princess of Phthia. She was seduced by him in the form of an ant. An etiological myth of their origins, simply expanding upon their supposed etymology — the name in Classical Greek was interpreted as "ant-people", "ant's nest", "ant" — was first mentioned by Ovid, in Metamorphoses: in Ovid's telling, King Aeacus of Aegina, father of Peleus, pleaded with Zeus to populate his country after a terrible plague. Zeus said his people would number as the ants on his sacred oak, and from the ants sprang the people of Aegina, the Myrmidons.
In Toobworld, the Greek "gods" existed, but as powerful beings from another dimension whose abilities may have seemed like magic. The stories about them have been twisted and embellished down through the ages as myths and legends, but at the core there must be some truth.
So... what if in the telling, the story of the Myrmidons was diminished? Perhaps by some storyteller who wanted to make it all sound reasonable?
What if Zeus actually did create a race of sentient insects to serve as soldiers, but not actually transform them into humans?
If so, these Myrmidons could still be in Toobworld today......
Just sayin', is all....... As Mushrat would say in those 'Deputy Dawg' cartoons, "It's pozz'ble, it's pozz'ble."