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Little Aias in The Odyssey

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Little Aias

Sometimes spelled Ajax. A Greek who fought in the Trojan war, and also a total jerk who raped and killed a princess on Athene's altar. He's about to escape Athene's punishment, when he goes "wildly mad and tossed out a word of defiance; for he said that in despite of the gods he escaped the great gulf of the sea" (4.502-511). Poseidon immediately kills him. Moral? Don't defy the gods.

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