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Ajax

Ajax

[ey-jaks]
Ajax, Gr. Aias, in Greek mythology. 1 Hero of the Trojan War, son of Telamon, thus called the Telamonian Ajax, also called Ajax the Greater. In the Iliad he is represented as a gigantic man, slow of thought and speech, but quick in battle and always showing courage. He led the troops of Salamis against Troy and was one of the foremost Greek warriors, fighting both Hector and Odysseus to draws. He and Odysseus rescued the corpse of Achilles from the Trojans, but when the armor of Achilles was awarded to Odysseus, the disappointment of Ajax was so great that he went mad and committed suicide. The Ajax of Sophocles deals with the madness and death of the great warrior. Ajax had hero cults at Salamis, Attica, and Troad. 2 Leader of the forces from Locris in the Trojan War, called the Locrian Ajax, Ajax of Oileus (after his father, Oileus), or Ajax the Lesser, because he was not the equal of the Telamonian Ajax. In the sack of Troy he violated Cassandra at the altar of Athena, and Athena caused him to be shipwrecked on the way home. Poseidon saved him, but Ajax, boasting of his own power, defied the lightning to strike him down and was instantly struck by it. Other versions of the story say that he stole the Palladium and that later Poseidon destroyed him for blasphemy.

Greek hero of the Trojan War. In the Iliad Homer described him as of great stature and second only to Achilles in strength and bravery. He fought Hector in single combat and rescued the body of Achilles from the hands of the Trojans. When Achilles's armour was awarded to Odysseus, he was so enraged that he went mad. According to several Greek and Roman poets, Ajax slaughtered a flock of sheep he mistook for his enemies, then returned to his senses and killed himself out of shame.

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  • Ajax (mythology), son of Telamon and a hero in the Trojan war, also known as "Ajax the Great"
  • Ajax the Lesser, son of Oileus and also a hero in the Trojan war

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  • Ajax (Sophocles), one of the seven surviving plays by the ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles
  • Ajax (Disney), a fictional company (the Disney equivalent of Looney Tunes' Acme Corporation)
  • Ajax Duckman, a character in the animated television series Duckman
  • Martian Manhunter, a comic superhero called Ajax in Brazil and Portugal
  • Ajax (comics), the name of two fictional characters from the Marvel Universe
  • Ajax Calkins, a character in Destiny's Orbit and Destination Saturn by Donald Wollheim
  • Ajax (Dune), one of the 20 cyborg titans who ruled mankind in the Legends of Dune novels by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson before Omnius the Evermind gained control.
  • War rocket Ajax - From the film Flash Gordon
  • Ajak, another Marvel Comics character, a member of the Eternals, sometimes known as "Ajax the Greater"

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