Like so many others, Ajax was one of the Greek heroes in The Illiad. While not overly intelligent, Ajax was exceptionally strong.

Ajax is chosen by lot to meet Hektor in a duel which lasts most of a whole day. Ajax at first gets the better of the encounter, wounding Hector with his spear and knocking him down with a large stone, but Hector fights on until the heralds, acting at the direction of Zeus, call a draw: the action ends without a winner and with the two combatants exchanging gifts, Ajax giving Hektor a purple sash and Hektor giving Ajax his sharp sword.


Telamon & Periboea


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