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ScriptsΑιας Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.AY-jaks English

Meaning & History

From the Greek name Αιας (Aias), perhaps deriving from Greek αιαστης (aiastes) "mourner" or αια (aia) "earth, land". In Greek mythology this was the name of two of the heroes who fought for the Greeks in the Trojan War, the son of Telamon and the son of Oileus. When the armour of the slain hero Achilles was not given to Ajax Telamonian, he became mad with jealousy and killed himself.
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earth, Greek mythology, Iliad characters, mythology, Shakespearean characters, uncertain etymology
Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute