Ajax By Sophocles Written B.C.E. Translated by R. C. Trevelyan. Dramatis Personae ATHENA ODYSSEUS AJAX CHORUS OF SALAMINIANS TECMESSA . Complete summary of Sophocles’ Ajax. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Ajax. Sophocles turns tradition inside out, portraying Aias’ suicide not as a disgrace This edition of Aias translates precisely that transformation of the hero from the.

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Ajax is similar to Antigone because it involves the justice pertaining to the way a body is dealt with. Account Options Sign in.

Yes, that was Ajax! Lies uttered by a mere slave! However we note that with the exception of Odysseus, there is absolutely no aisa for Ajax from any of the other commanders.

A scout saw him, rushing about in the valley, alone, with his sword dripping blood, as you said and then that scout came to me and told me about it.

His sword plunged deep into his heart! Thankfully, the god has diverted his violent act and delivered it upon dumb sheep and cattle. And women sopholes children are still more often than not the victims of this mindset.

Is there no other man in the whole Greek army except him? That whole herd of animals.

Ajax becomes furious about this and decides to kill them. He endows Aias suicide with a meaning radically different from previous versions of the Aias myth–Aias is not the hero whom time has passed by, but aoas the man who steps beyond time. No, that I could never endure! Chorus a Lots of trouble but no Ajax. Oh, now I am lost! Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries ser.


Although a lot of people would not consider this to be very important, I think it makes this play different simply because a lot of Greek dramas don’t show suicides; rather, they have a spectator of the suicide come on-stage and tell the other characters sophcles the suicide.

Come Death and look upon me now! She’s also genu I read this in English over the summer for a seminar about shame and honor, and it didn’t grab me. If you do, it will be your own ruin. She sees Ajax, rushes towards him and screams with terror. The invulnerable armour had been made for Achilles by the god Hephaestus, and the recipient would thus receive recognition as the greatest after Achilles. For I see well, nought else are we but mere Phantoms, all we that live, mere fleeting shadows.

University of Chicago Press. Evil man has obviously come to mock us in our misfortune. Say nothing that will offend them. Burian Peter, and Alan Shapiro, eds. One path leads to another and that leads to yet another but not one leads us to where Ajax is! I’m not going to reproduce it here, but I can send it to anyone who’s interested probably nobody. Athena He thought he was slaughtering you. By using this site, you agree to the Ais of Use and Privacy Policy.

But, until that time, let the gentle breezes nurture your young spirit, let it feed you and fill your mother here with joy. Athena Be quiet, Odysseus! I want no tears shed here, in front of the hut. Athena And the sons of Atreus? That man has conspired to sophoclss us, to murder the complete army!


Would I let you throw his body away, unburied? I wish both of you had some wisdom!

Insufferable stuff… if it is him. In Jebb b, ix-liv. Enter nurse holding the hand of a very young Eurysaces.

Ajax (Translations from Greek Drama)

Chorus The man who first taught the Greeks how to wage a war… Chorus …with murderous weapons… Chorus …should have been murdered himself. Chorus He is alone, in the hut. He has brought us some dreadful news about Ajax. When he nearly kills his friends, the goddess Athena makes him kill sheep and cows instead. Watling’s translation of Ajax Penguinthis new translation in free-flowing sprung rhythm by poet Pevear is a jewel for modern English readers.

Ajax by Sophocles

If you are here in friendship, come, hurry and begin the work. I stopped him from his mad urge to kill you, by throwing some potion into his eyes. Ajax Walks out and around the hut. Bring a free man to speak on your behalf!