Talk:Ajax the Lesser
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Does it really help to have the standard transliteration, then another that sounds different? I for one would vote to see the actual name in Greek.
Could we have more specific cites? For instance, is the segment about both Aiantes being enemies of Odysseus specifically mentioned in the named passage in the odyssey?
In the Aeneid, (Book I, lines 41-45), Juno gives Minvera credit for killing Aias. Is this just Juno's imagination run wild, as she is not a stable character?
- It certainly deserves mention in the article. I'll check it out in my Aeneid when I get home from work later on tonight. Fernando Rizo T/C 04:11, 7 September 2005 (UTC)
Why did Poseidon kill Ajax?
In the "Mythology" section, it says Poseidon killed Ajax for his arrogant presumptuousness, but in the "Death" section, it suggests that Athena told Poseidon to do it. So was he angry at Ajax or was he just doing what Athena told him to do? I would very much favour the first explanation, since it's unlike Poseidon to get bossed around by Athena. (Huey45 (talk) 02:01, 7 May 2010 (UTC))
This article appears to be a synthesis, which leaves me wondering who is doing the synthesizing. Are we engaged in original research? In truth there are several Ajax-the-Lesser characters. Several works tell stories of such a character. We cannot and should not expect them to be consistent with one another, or give a comprehensible picture of one man. But, while the article does mention several possible endings to the life of Ajax, it seems that elements of this character's life have been assembled from various writings without making it possible to guess which element comes from which work. What is the story of Homer's Ajax? What's the story of Euripides's Ajax? What's the story of Virgil's? Others? Even if each writer was to some extent building upon the works that preceded his, they were also reinventing and reinterpreting. So it's deceptive to try to rationalize them to create a cohesive and continuous picture.
With regards to a comment above: "So was [Poseidon] angry at Ajax or was he just doing what Athena told him to do? I would very much favour the first explanation, since it's unlike Poseidon to get bossed around by Athena." Well, the thing is, one writer might allow Athena to "boss" Poseidon, and another might not. Since there was never a Poseidon, nor an Athena, nor an Ajax the Lesser, it doesn't matter which version we would credit, and it's not for us to reconcile authors who favor different explanations. zadignose (talk) 02:30, 23 April 2015 (UTC)