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Book 13: Ajax and Ulysses and the Arms of Achilles Notes from Metamorphoses

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Metamorphoses Book 13: Ajax and Ulysses and the Arms of Achilles

Ajax and Ulysses presented their claims to Achilles' armor to the Greek soldiers and generals. Ajax made the mistake of appealing to the soldiers, who had no say in the decision. He was an inexperienced orator, and although his bravery on the battlefield was an attribute, Ulysses was a better speaker. He addressed the generals, among whom he ranked, and he was awarded the armor. Ajax killed himself in defiance to prove that only he could subdue himself. The hyacinth grew to honor his loss.

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