Ajax the Lesser

Ajax was a Greek mythological hero, son of Oileus, the king of Locris. He was called the "lesser" or "Locrian" Ajax, to distinguish him from Ajax the Great, son of Telamon, he was the leader of the Locrian contingent during the Trojan War. He is a significant figure in Homer's Iliad and is mentioned in the Odyssey, in Virgil's Aeneid and in Euripides' The Trojan Women. In Etruscan legend, he was known as Aivas Vilates. Ajax's mother's name was Eriopis. According to Strabo, he was born in Naryx in Locris. According to the Iliad, he led his Locrians in forty ships against Troy, he is described as one of the great heroes among the Greeks. In battle, he wore a linen cuirass, was brave and intrepid skilled in throwing the spear and, next to Achilles, the swiftest of all the Greeks. In the funeral games at the pyre of Patroclus, Ajax contended with Odysseus and Antilochus for the prize in the footrace. In traditions, this Ajax is called a son of Oileus and the nymph Rhene and is mentioned among the suitors of Helen.

After the taking of Troy, he rushed into the temple of Athena, where Cassandra had taken refuge, was embracing the statue of the goddess in supplication. Ajax violently dragged her away to the other captives. According to some writers, he raped Cassandra inside the temple. Odysseus called for Ajax's death by stoning for this crime, but Ajax saved himself by claiming innocence with an oath to Athena, clutching her statue in supplication. Since Ajax dragged a supplicant from her temple, Athena had cause to be indignant. According to the Bibliotheca, no one was aware that Ajax had raped Cassandra until Calchas, the Greek seer, warned the Greeks that Athena was furious at the treatment of her priestess and she would destroy the Greek ships if they didn't kill him immediately. Despite this, Ajax managed to hide at the altar of a deity where the Greeks, fearing divine retribution should they kill him and destroy the altar, allowed him to live; when the Greeks left without killing Ajax, despite their sacrifices, Athena became so angry that she persuaded Zeus to send a storm that sank many of their ships.

As he was returning from Troy, Athena hit his ship with a thunderbolt and the vessel was wrecked on the Whirling Rocks. But he escaped with some of his men, managing to cling onto a rock through the assistance of Poseidon, he would have been saved in spite of Athena, but he audaciously declared that he would escape the dangers of the sea in defiance of the immortals. Offended by this presumption, Poseidon split the rock with his trident and Ajax was swallowed up by the sea. Thetis buried him. Other versions depict a different death for Ajax. In these versions, when Ajax came to the Capharean Rocks on the coast of Euboea, his ship was wrecked in a fierce storm, he himself was lifted up in a whirlwind and impaled with a flash of rapid fire from Athena in his chest, his body thrust upon sharp rocks, which afterwards were called the rocks of Ajax. After Ajax's death, his spirit dwelt in the island of Leuce; the Opuntian Locrians worshiped Ajax as their national hero, so great was their faith in him that when they drew up their army in battle, they always left one place open for him, believing that, although invisible to them, he was fighting for and among them.

The story of Ajax was made use of by ancient poets and artists, the hero who appears on some Locrian coins with the helmet and sword is this Ajax. Other accounts of Ajax's death are offered by the scholiast on Lycophron; the abduction of Cassandra by Ajax was represented in Greek works of art, such as the chest of Cypselus described by Pausanias and in extant works. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed.. "Ajax". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Ajax". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1. Cambridge University Press. P. 452. Media related to Ajax the Lesser at Wikimedia Commons

Sherry Hormann

Sherry Hormann is a German-American film director. Hormann is best known for her movies Guys and Balls, Desert Flower and 3096. Hormann was born in the United States, she attended the Munich Academy for Television and Film and works in German cinema. She was married to film director Dominik Graf. In October 2011, she married cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. 1992: Leise Schatten 1994: Frauen sind was Wunderbares 1996: Father's Day 1998: Widows - Erst die Ehe, dann das Vergnügen 2001: Private Lies 2002: My Daughter's Tears 2004: Guys and Balls 2006: Helen, Fred und Ted 2006-2007: Der Kriminalist Am Abgrund Mördergroupie Totgeschwiegen 2009: Desert Flower 2012: Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein 2013: 3096 2016: Tödliche Geheimnisse 2019: A Regular Woman Sherry Hormann on IMDb


Pinocheques were three cheques of total US$3,000,000 paid in mid-1989 by the Chilean army to Augusto Pinochet, Jr. the son of former dictator General Augusto Pinochet for the purchase of bankrupt "Valmoval", a small rifle company in 1987. Pinochet's son was not under the rifle company's owner and no reason could be found for the payment; the payment was investigated 1990 by a parliamentary investigative committee chaired by Jorge Schaulson. On 19 December 1990, General Pinochet, still commander-in-chief of the army, stormed into the army headquarters and placed the 57,000 member force in alert, in what the general called a "ejercicio de enlace" and asked for an end to the investigation. Similar pressure was applied in May 1993 again with boinazo; the Chilean justice system continued to investigate the payment, but in 1994 as the Chilean Supreme court had to make a decision, the President of Chile Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle asked them to stop the case for reasons of state. The disclosure of the Riggs Bank accounts reignited in 2005 the case against Pinochet in Chile.

Judge Manuel Valderrama investigated whether the three purchase checks for Valmoval wound up in Pinochet's secret accounts, but in 2010 the suit was discontinued without results. The armed forces' ejercicio de enlace-standoff was the worst crisis of the 3-year-old coalition government of President Patricio Aylwin. Military of Chile Transcription of article in the Chilean Online newspaper El Mostrador about the scandal Article in The Seattle Times, 18 July 1993, Case Is Testing Chile's Fledgling Democracy – New Government Takes On Pinochet, by Katherine Ellison Waiting for Cincinnatus: the role of Pinochet in post-authoritarian Chile by Gregory Weeks in Third World Quarterly, Vol 21, No 5, pp 725–738, 2000