Ajax (Myths and Legends of the World)
Ajax (also known as Aias) was one of the greatest of the Greek heroes who fought in the Trojan Warlegendary war between the Greeks and the people of Troy that was set off by the kidnapping of Helen, wife of the king of Sparta; inspiration for Homer's epics the Iliad and the Odyssey. He was the son of Telamon, the king of Salamis and a friend of HerculesGreek hero who had 12 labors to perform; Roman god of strength. Before the birth of Ajax, Hercules prayed to Zeusin Greek mythology, king of the gods and husband of Hera (Roman god Jupiter) and asked him to give Telamon a brave son. Ajax was named after an eagle (aietos) that Telamon had seen before his birth.
According to Homer's epiclong poem about legendary or historical heroes, written in a grand style the IliadGreek epic poem about the Trojan War composed by Homer, only Achillesforemost warrior in Greek mythology; hero in the war between the Greeks and the Trojans was a greater warrior than Ajax. Of great size and stature, Ajax supposedly looked like a tower when he went into battle holding his shield. He was courageous and good-hearted but spoke very slowly and preferred to let others talk while he fought....
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