Ajax (the Greater)

King of Salamis, a man of giant stature, daring, and self-confident. Generally called Telamon Ajax, because he was the son of Telamon. When the armour of Hector was awarded to Ulysses instead of to himself, he turned mad from vexation and stabbed himself. —Homer's Iliad, and later poets.

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