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Locrian Ajax, The Greeks, The Trojan War, The Trojan War--single figure holding two javelins and preparing to throw a third
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Locrian Ajax, The Greeks, The Trojan War, The Trojan War--single figure holding two javelins and preparing to throw a third

THE TROJAN WAR

THE GREEKS

Traditionally, the Trojan War arose from a sequence of events beginning with a quarrel between the goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite.  Eris the goddess of discord, was not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, and so arrived bearing a gift:  A golden apple, inscribed “for the fairest”.

Each of the goddesses claimed to be the “fairest”, and the rightful owner of the apple.  They submitted the judgement to a shepherd they encountered tending his flock.  Each of the goddesses promised the young man a boon in return for his favour.  Power, wisdom, or love.  The youth, in fact Paris, a Trojan prince who had been raised in the countryside, chose love, and awarded the apple to Aphrodite.

As his reward, Aphrodite caused Helen, the Queen of Sparta, and the most beautiful of all women, to fall in love with Paris.

The judgement of Paris earned him the ire of both Hera and Athena, and when Helen left her husband, Menelaus, the Spartan king, for Paris of Troy, Menelaus called upon all the kings and princes of Greece to wage war upon Troy.

Menelaus’ brother Agamemnon King of Mycenae, led an expedition of Achaean troops to Troy and besieged the city for ten years because of Paris’ insult.  After the death of many heroes, including the Achaeans, Achilles and Ajax and the Trojans Hector and Paris, the city fell to the ruse of the Trojan Horse.  The Achaeans slaughtered the Trojans, except for some of the women and children whom they kept or sold as slaves.  They desecrated the temples, thus earning the wrath of the gods.

Few of the Achaeans returned safely to their homes, and many founded colonies in distant shores.  The Romans later traced their origin to Aeneas, Aphrodite’s son and one of the Trojans, who was said to have led the surviving Trojans to modern day Italy.

AJAX THE LESSER

Ajax was the son of Oileus, the king of Locris.  He was called the “Ajax the Less”, 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.

Locrian Ajax was born in Naryx in Locris.  According to the Iliad, he led his Locrians in forty ships against Troy.  He is described as one of the great heroes among the Greeks.  In battle, he wore a linen cuirass, was brave and intrepid, especially skilled in throwing the spear, and next to Achilles, the swiftest of all the Greeks.  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 favoured Odysseus, made him stumble and fall, so that he won only second prize.

Due to be released in AUGUST 2024.