Ajax the Less

Son of Oïleus (3 syl.), King of Locris, in Greece. The night Troy was taken, he offered violence to Cassandra, the prophetic daughter of Priam; in consequence of which his ship was driven on a rock, and he perished at sea. —Homer's Iliad, and later poets.

Ipsa (Juno), Jovis rapidum jaculata e nubibus ignem,
Disjecitque rates, evertitque æquora ventis;
Illum (Ajax) expirantem transfixo pectore flammas
Turbine corripuit, scopuloque infixit acuto.

“Virgil: Æneid, i. 42, etc.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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