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The Hero Ajax
E-Auction 40 Lot 27

LOKRIS. Lokris Opuntii. Circa 338-316 B.C. AR triobol. 2.57 gm. 15 mm. Wreathed head of Demeter right / Ajax advancing right, holding sword and shield; interior of shield adorned with serpent; kantharos below; ΟΠΟΝΤΙΩΝ. HGC 4, 997. BCD Lokris-Phokis 98. Nicolet & Oeconomides Group 11, 211-309. Very Fine; attractive lightly toned glossy surfaces with a bit of minor roughness; good style and well centered. An attractive example of this fascinating type.

Ex Künker FPL 174 (January 2005) lot 39.

The Greek hero Ajax "the Lesser" led a fleet of forty ships against Troy. At its fall, he was accused by Odysseus of ravishing Cassandra who had sought refuge in a sanctuary of Athena. On his way home, he was wrecked and killed in a storm reputedly brought down on him by a wrathful Athena. Nonetheless, each year afterward his men honored him by launching a ship fitted with black sails and laden with gifts, which they then set on fire.

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