Ajax the Greater
He is known as the strongest of the Greeks during the Trojan War and fought Hector to a stalemate for an entire day. They later parted ways after exchanging gifts, showing their great respect for each other.
After Achilles is killed by Apollo and Paris, Ajax helps recover the body and is one of the two who claim the dead man's armour, the other being Odysseus. Odysseus wins the armour and, in his despair, Ajax falls upon his own sword;
- "Unconquered, conquered by his own sorrow"
- Ovid, (Metamorphoses)
In Popular Culture
- He is a major protagonist in Age of Mythology
Ajax the Lesser
Ajax the Lesser, called the Locrian Ajax, is the son of King Oileus of Locris. During the fall of Troy, Ajax attempted to rape Cassandra, daughter of King Priam, in a temple of Athena, earning him her undying hatred.
Despite Athena's hostility to him, and causing him to be shipwrecked upon his return to Locris, he was saved from drowning by Poseidon. However, he proclaimed he would save himself without immortal help, Poseidon split the rock Ajax was on with his trident, and drowned him.
|Heroes in Greek mythology|
|Heracles • Theseus • Perseus • Odysseus • Oedipus • Orpheus • Jason and the Argonauts • Nestor • Atalanta • Cadmus • Hector • Memnon • Achilles • Daedalus • Bellerophon • Deucalion • Peleus • Castor and Pollux • Palamedes • Diomedes • Meleager • Telamon • Ajax • Philoctetes • Laertes|