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Ajax

Telamonian Ajax a mythological Greek hero, the son of Telamon and Periboea and king of Salamis. He plays an important role in Homer's Iliad and in the Epic Cycle, a series of epic poems about the Trojan War. To distinguish him from Ajax, son of Oileus (Ajax the Lesser), he is called "Telamonian Ajax," "Greater Ajax," or "Ajax the Great." In Etruscan mythology, he is known as Aivas Tlamunus.

Locrian Ajax (the Lesser), son of Oileus, ruler of Locris and the leader of the Locrian contingent during the Trojan War. He was called the "lesser" or "Locrian" Ajax, to distinguish him from Ajax the Great, son of Telamon. He is a significant figure in Homer's Iliad and is also mentioned in the Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid. In Etruscan legend, he was known as Aivas Vilate.

Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Prusa ad Olympum, Bithynia

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Ajax was considered the second-best hero at Troy, after his cousin Achilles. Once Achilles dies, Ajax and Odysseus debate over who should receive his armor. When Odysseus is given the armor, Ajax goes mad. He kills Greek cattle believing that it is the Greek warriors. After he becomes aware of what he has done, he commits suicide. Ajax believes that after the cattle incident, killing himself is the only way to keep his status as a hero and to avoid bringing shame to his noble father Telamon.
RP99135. Bronze diassarion, Rec Gn II-4 p. 592, 123; SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, BMC Bithynia -, Lindgren -, F, green patina, light encrustations/deposits, areas of porosity, scratches, off center on a broad flan, weight 7.535 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 180o, Prusa ad Olympum, Bithynia mint, as caesar, 217 - 218 A.D.; obverse M OΠEΛ ANTΩNINOC ∆IA∆OYMENIANOC, bare head right; reverse ΠPOYCAEΩN, Ajax falling on his sword to commit suicide, kneeling left before a rocky outcropping, nude but for crested helmet and balteus, shield and cuirass on ground before him; Coin Archives records only one specimen of the type at auction in the last two decades; extremely rare; $140.00 (133.00)







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