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Ajax the Lesser
He was called the "lesser" or "Locrian" Ajax,  to distinguish him from Ajax the Great , son of Telamon. He was the leader of the Locrian contingent during the Trojan War.
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In Etruscan legend , he was known as Aivas Vilates. Ajax's mother's name was Eriopis.
In the funeral games at the pyre of Patroclus , Ajax contended with Odysseus and Antilochus for the prize in the footrace; but Athena , who was hostile towards him and favored Odysseus, made him stumble and fall, so that he won only the second prize. In later traditions, this Ajax is called a son of Oileus and the nymph Rhene and is also mentioned among the suitors of Helen. Ajax violently dragged her away to the other captives. Since Ajax dragged a supplicant from her temple, Athena had cause to be indignant.
According to the Bibliotheca , no one was aware that Ajax had raped Cassandra until Calchas , the Greek seer, warned the Greeks that Athena was furious at the treatment of her priestess and she would destroy the Greek ships if they didn't kill him immediately. Despite this, Ajax managed to hide in the altar of a deity where the Greeks, fearing divine retribution should they kill him and destroy the altar, allowed him to live.
When the Greeks left without killing Ajax, despite their sacrifices, Athena became so angry that she persuaded Zeus to send a storm that sank many of their ships. But he escaped with some of his men, managing to cling onto a rock through the assistance of Poseidon. He would have been saved in spite of Athena, but he then audaciously declared that he would escape the dangers of the sea in defiance of the immortals. Offended by this presumption, Poseidon split the rock with his trident and Ajax was swallowed up by the sea.
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In these versions, when Ajax came to the Capharean Rocks on the coast of Euboea , his ship was wrecked in a fierce storm, he himself was lifted up in a whirlwind and impaled with a flash of rapid fire from Athena in his chest, and his body thrust upon sharp rocks, which afterwards were called the rocks of Ajax. Hecuba also takes place just after the fall of Troy. Polydorus , the youngest son of Priam and Hecuba, is sent to King Polymestor for safekeeping, but when Troy falls, Polymestor murders Polydorus.
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Hecuba learns of this, and when Polymestor comes to the fallen city, Hecuba, by trickery, blinds him and kills his two sons. A third story says that when she was given to Odysseus as a slave, she snarled and cursed at him, so the gods turned her into a dog, allowing her to escape. In another tradition, Hecuba went mad upon seeing the corpses of her children Polydorus and Polyxena. Dante described this episode, which he derived from Italian sources:. Hecuba is frequently referenced in classical literature, and in many medieval, Renaissance, and modern works.
Among the works which are about Hecuba are:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the mythological figure. For other uses, see Hecuba disambiguation.
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And when fortune overturned the pride of the Trojans, who dared everything, so that both the king and his kingdom were destroyed, Poor wretched captured Hecuba, after she saw her Polyxena dead and found her Polydorus on the beach, was driven mad by sorrow and began barking like a dog List of children of Priam. Characters in the Iliad. Retrieved from " https: Views Read Edit View history.
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