Before the age of the Attic dramatists, the Ajax
Ajax and the Aeacidae.
2 Apollod. l.c. This “Ἐνδηΐς” appears in Megarian legend as a daughter of “Σκείρων” or “Σκίρων” of Megara ( Paus. 2. 29. 9; Plut. Thes. 10). Another legend makes her a daughter of Cheiron (schol. Pind. N. 5. 12: schol. Il. 16. 14: Hyginus Fab. 14). In Apollod. l.c. the MSS. have “Ἐνδηΐδα τὴν Σκείρωνος”: but Aegius in his edition (Rome, 1555) gave “Χείρωνος”, which Heyne (ed. 1803) retained.
3 8. 64 “ἔδοξε δέ σφι εὔξασθαι τοῖσι θεοῖσι καὶ ἐπικαλέσασθαι τοὺς Αἰακίδας συμμάχους, ὡς δέ σφι ἔδοξε,...αὐτόθεν μὲν ἐκ Σαλαμῖνος Αἴαντά τε καὶ Τελαμῶνα ἐπεκαλέοντο, ἐπὶ δὲ Αἰακὸν καὶ τοὺς ἄλλους Αἰακίδας νέα ἀπέστελλον ἐς Αἴγιναν”. It has generally been supposed that the ship sent to Aegina was intended to bring sacred images or symbols of the Aeacidae (so CurtiusE. , Hist. Gr. II. p. 291 Eng. tr.). Stein, however, thinks that the object was merely to make the invocation at Aegina in the proper form; and would similarly explain the presence of the Dioscuri with the Spartan armies ( Her. 5. 75) in a purely spiritual sense.—After the victory, three Phoenician triremes were dedicated by the Greeks to deities who had helped them— one to Poseidon at the Isthmus, one to Athena at Sunium, and one to Ajax at Salamis ( Her. 8. 121).
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