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R most important libraries around the world and other notations in the work This work is in the public domain in the United States of America and possibly other nations Within the United States you may freely copy and distribute this work as no entity individual or corporate has a copyright on the body of the workAs a reproduction of a historical artifac. Ajax RARRRR kills lots of sheepAjax Ajax feels much shame i should kill myselfTecmessa don t do it hoe Teucer don t do it bro Ajax kills self anywayTecmessa Teucer well great now our lives are f d Menelaus trololol hope the birds eat ur face Odysseus guys maybe we shouldn t be jerks Agamemnon fine whatevs Ajax gets buried

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it This work was reproduced from the original artifact and remains as true to the original work as possible Therefore you will see the original copyright references library stamps as most of these works have been housed in ou. To mock foes is that not the sweetest mockery Athena s cruel words leave Odysseus hesitant in the opening scene of Ajax one of Sophocles most intense and dramatic plays The powerful Goddess has made the Greek hero Ajax lose his mind and fight herds of cattle instead of men in his delusion To make his shame perfect she wants Odysseus to see his disgrace When Odysseus refuses she mocks him asking provocatively if he is afraid of a madman And the clever Odysseus answers without hesitation this time Had he been sane no fear had made me shrink That is a striking thought and essentially true A Greek hero however powerful and angry however dangerous to fight is a known entity to Odysseus as long as the enemy is sane and uses the same rules to judge a situation as he would himself A hero with the same physical power but deprived of vital mental capacities is a scarily uncertain threat that can not be faced with regular methodsAthena wants to show off her power to punish humans so she forces Odysseus to watch Ajax in all his boastful delusion He is left reflective I know none nobler and I pity him In his misery albeit he is my foe Since he is yoked fast to an evil doom My own lot I regard no less than his For I see well nought else are we but mere Phantoms all we that live mere fleeting shadows Ajax misery is not over yet however The worst possible conclusion has yet to come he will see his own madness and despair of life For as long as he stays in his delusion others might pity him but he is triumphant Only with the sane eyes of his society he will know his own downfall The effect is terrifying Nobly to live or else nobly to die Befits proud birth There is no to say The following scenes in Ajax have always fascinated me as they juxtapose different values and ideals in society Ajax argues for the necessity to live and die like a hero following the credo of Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori and his wife Tecmessa counterbalances the heroic ideal with the duties of a father and husband the long term effects of his commitment to a family and his responsibilities on earth The arguments are not put forward in a dialogue as the two concepts are not compatible and despite Tecmessa s elouent solilouy for family and future Ajax opts for the heroic exit and opens up for a new discussion in Greek style does he deserve a proper burial Ajax leaves me with a chilling feeling a bitter taste of knowing that human beings are fragile delusional obsessed with matters of superficial honour and fame and that they are willing to sacrifice everything they have built up for themselves to make a mark on history to stand out in the crowdWhat for Why carry the heroic ideals from generation to generation from culture to culture never stopping to think of the future that will come if we do not end the eternal circle of violence based on pride and delusionAfter the first world war a generation of poets challenged the ancient idea of military glory but The Poems Of Wilfred Owen have not been able to convince the majority of humanity of the vanity and waste of nationalism patriotism militarism and exclusive club or tribe behaviourCarol Ann Duffy once wrote a Wilfred Owen poem backwards and made the soldiers reject the heroic ideal and go home Last Post What a powerful message for everyday life with its pleasure in small things But it does not look like we have lost the tribal honour codes in the world despite the voices raised against them ever since Sophocles made Tecmessa speak up for responsibility and life The Ajaxes of this world are still concerned with their own reputation and fame than with real solutions for the futureAnd women and children are still often than not the victims of this mindset

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T this work may contain missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc Scholars believe and we concur that this work is important enough to be preserved reproduced and made generally available to the public We appreciate your support of the preservation process and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevan. First of all Aias the title in my edition is Ajax Big Ajax the hero of the Trojan War There I saved you from who the fuck even is this guy Ajax plays a big role in The Iliad At one point he defends the Achaean fleet from the Trojans single handedly while Achilles is off sulking But after the war Achilles s armor which amounts to the Heisman Trophy of the war is given to wily Odysseus after his speech about it proves elouent Ajax is so pissed off that he goes on a murderous rampage against what turns out to be a flock of sheep Fuckin Athena always getting up in your head he thought he was killing Agamemnon and Odysseus Humiliated he kills himself The play is about what happens if the person who deserves the win doesn t get it What if you feel you clearly earned leadership but it s stolen by the other guy Do you go on a murderous rampage Do you burn it all downThis review is also here with a bunch of other Sophocles stuff


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10 thoughts on “Αἴας

  1. says:

    “To mock foes is that not the sweetest mockery?”Athena’s cruel words leave Odysseus hesitant in the opening scene o

  2. says:

    Psychosis and the Trojan War20 March 2012 On the 9th of March 2012 an American patrol was travelling through Afghanistan when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb Of the occupants two were severely injured I believe they lost limbs Two days later on the 11th March 2012 one of the soldiers that had escaped injury took up an assault rifle left the camp and proceeded to slaughter 16 Afghani civilians from two villages This e

  3. says:

    this series The Greek Tragedy in New Translations pairs scholars poets for bangin' translations of plays by aeschylus euripides sophocles etc the editors' foreword itself got me pretty psyched; these guys seem t

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    Ajax RARRRR kills lots of sheepAjax Ajax feels much shame i should kill myselfTecmessa don't do it hoe Teucer don't do it bro Ajax kills self anywayTecmessa Teucer well great now our lives are f'd Menelaus trololol hope the birds eat ur face Odysseus guys maybe we shouldn't be jerks Agamemnon fine whatevs Ajax gets buried

  5. says:

    Ajax’s story left an impression after the first time I heard about it It was sometime after my early attempts of trying to read Homer’s The Iliad Ajax is one of the heroes fighting on the Greek side today like many other heroes in this story he is pretty much forgotten as the focus is on Achilles and Hector

  6. says:

    Being my first encounter with Greek tragedy I wondered how Sophocles would approach the life of Ájax whom readers know from the Iliad and Gre

  7. says:

    Sophocles wrote a few plays centered around war and Odysseus; this is probably one of the most famous out of them as well

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    First of all Aias the title in my edition is Ajax Big Ajax the hero of the Trojan War There I saved you from who the fuck even is this guy Ajax plays a big role in The Iliad At one point he defends the Achaean fleet from the Trojan

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    It is impossible to dislike such a masterpiece The Ájax's tragedy is basically about the pride of a powerfull warrior who seeks victory without the Gods help and infuriate them because of his behaviour His disgrace is the disgrace of all his

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    Yet I feel his wretchedness My enemy yes but caught up in a terrible doom My doom too I see that now All we who live live as ghosts of ourselves Shadows in passing Thus speaks Odysseus with regard to Aias who has – in a blind and savage spell

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