The New Student's Reference Work/Ajax
A'jax was the son of Telamon, king of Salamis, and next to Achilles in warlike strength. He led the men of Salamis to Troy in twelve ships, and was called the bulwark of the Greeks. At the death of Achilles Ajax, as the bravest of the Greeks, claimed his armor, but it was given to his rival, Ulysses. Upon this, becoming insane, he killed himself. Sophocles tells the story of his madness and death in his tragedy Ajax.