It is interesting to inquire how far the influence of the
Illustrations from ancient
The Tabula Iliaca in the Capitoline Museum contains a small picture, inscribed “ΑΙΑΣ ΜΑΝΙΩΔΗΣ”, which probably shows the influence of Timomachus; Ajax is seated in an attitude of deep dejection, and near him lies the severed head of a ram,—a detail taken from the play of Sophocles (vv. 237 ff.)11. The hero's suicide is the subject of some Etruscan vase-paintings. One of these shows the sword planted in the ground, as Sophocles describes it (v. 815)12.