The Fate of Aias (page 631)

Chapter 16, The Trojan War

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♠ Sophokles, Aias 770-77

So much he boasted. Then once again in answer to divine Athena—at a time when she was urging him forward and telling him to turn a deadly hand against the enemy—he answered her with words terrible and blasphemous, ‘Queen, stand beside the other Greeks; [775] where Ajax stands, battle will never break our line.’ It was by such words, you must know, that he won for himself the intolerable anger of the goddess since his thoughts were too high for man.  Greek Text

♠ Apollodoros, Epitome 5.7

But afterwards he came to his senses and slew also himself. And Agamemnon forbade his body to be burnt; and he alone of all who fell at Ilium is buried, in a coffin. His grave is at Rhoeteum.  Greek Text

♠ Homer, Iliad 23.820-23

But Tydeus’ son over the great shield sought ever to reach the neck with the point of his shining spear, Then verily the Achaeans, seized with fear for Aias, bade them cease and take up equal prizes.  Greek Text

♠ Pindar, Isthmian 6.42-49

“Father Zeus, if you have ever heard my prayers with a willing heart, now, now with divine prayers [45] I entreat you to grant this man a brave son from Eriboea, a son fated to be my guest-friend. May he have a body as invulnerable as this skin that is now wrapped around me, from the beast whom I killed that day in Nemea as the very first of my labors. And may he have spirit to match.”  Greek Text

♠ Lykophron, Alexandra 455-61

whom the hide of the lion made invulnerable by the bronze in battle and who possessed but one path to Hades and the dead – that which the Scythian quiver covered, what time the lion, burning sacrifice to Comyrus, uttered to his sire his prayer that was heard, while he dandled in his arms his comrade’s cub.  Greek Text

♠ Ab Scholia at Homer, Iliad 23.821 – Scholia Graeca in Homeri Iliadem 2, p. 271, ed. W. Dindorf and E. Maass. Oxford 1875.

Greek Text

♠ Scholia at Pindar, Isthmian 6.53

Greek Text

♠ Hesiod, Megalai Ehoiai (Great Catalogue of Women) fr 250 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 122ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

Edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, February 2023

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