Ajax

Ajax

There were two Ajax'

1. The son of Telamon. A giant in size, he was the strongest of the Greek warriors in the Trojan War. A prince of Salamis, who was, next to Achilles, the most powerful warrior among the Greeks. This huge, beefy, red-faced brawler used the mast of a ship as a spear and hurled enormous boulders as if they were pebbles. But he was unintellectual and slow of speech. He fought Hector in single combat and, though he did not kill the greatest of the Trojans, had the better of the contest. When after the death of Achilles that hero's magnificent armor was awarded to Odysseus, Ajax went mad with anger and disappointment and killed himself. Later Odysseus encountered Ajax' shade in the underworld and tried to placate him, but the sullen ghost, still nursing his resentment, stalked away in speechless anger.

2. The Locrian Ajax (son of Oilus, king of the Locrians), sometimes called "the lesser Ajax." He was a brave fighter but a brutal and blasphemous man who at the sack of Troy desecrated the sacred Palladium and was finally drowned by Poseidon for uttering triumphant blasphemous man who at the sack of Troy descrated the sacred Palladium and was finally drowned by Poseidon for uttering triumphant blasphemies as he scrambled ashore after a shipwreck.