suicide of Ajax the Great. Etrurian red-figured calyx-krater, ca. 400–350 BC.
Said to be from Vulci. Wikipedia.|
Israel’s Ajax: The Tragedy of Ariel Sharon. By Victor Davis Hanson. National Review Online, April 23, 2002. Also here and at VDH’s Private Papers.
Sophocles once wrote a magnificent play about the Greeks’ greatest fighter at Troy after Achilles — Ajax, as irreplaceable in war as he proved expendable in peace. During the struggle for Troy, the Greeks were often saved by the towering, clumsy “donkey.” Without the dash of a youthful, handsome Achilles or the divine dispensation of a crafty Odysseus, Ajax battered down the Trojans — fighting out of a sense of duty, personal honor, and perhaps a sheer love of combat.