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    Ajax "the Lesser"

    LOCRIS. Locris Opuntii. Ca. 370-350 BC. AR stater (29mm, 12.14 gm, 11h).  Head of Demeter left, hair wreath in grain ears, wearing triple-pendant earring / ΟΠΟΝ-ΤΙΩΝ, Ajax the Lesser advancing right in fighting stance, nude but for helmet, holding shield and sword, spear head left below. Corpus group 6, 76b (same dies). Struck on a broad flan from dies of good stule. Nearly Extremely Fine.

    Ajax the Lesser, depicted on the reverse of this attractive type, hailed from Locris Opuntia and led a flotilla of 40 ships during the Trojan War. Upon Troy's fall, he was alleged by Odysseus to have violated a sanctuary of Athena by ravishing Cassandra, thus bringing the wrath of Athena down upon himself and his countrymen. Ajax himself perished on the return voyage, and the rest of the Opuntians reached home only with great difficulty. Nevertheless, they annually honored their former leader by launching a ship fitted with black sails and laden with gifts, which was then set alight.


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