Obverse, Ajax with the body of Achilles Reverse, the departure of Odysseus from Ithaka
The Iliad of Homer ends while Achilles, the greatest Greek hero, is still alive, but other epic poems describe his death at the gates of Troy and the ensuing battle in which Ajax manages to rescue Achilles' body for proper burial. The subject of Ajax carrying the body of Achilles was popular during the sixth century B.C.
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