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Sophocles: Ajax

A. F. Garvie

Abstract

Ajax, perhaps the earliest surviving tragedy of Sophocles, presents the downfall and disgrace of a great hero whose suicide leads to his rehabilitation through the enlightened magnanimity of one of his enemies. This edition attempts to show that Sophocles offers no easy answer to the question of why Ajax falls, and no simple solution to the problem of how we ought to live so as to avoid tragedy in our own lives. The introductory chapter focuses on Ajax, as one of the major characters in Homer's Iliadand the only hero in the story that never received direct help from a god. It looks into the Od ... More

Keywords: Ajax, Sophocles, suicide, tragedy, Odyssey, Athena

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780856686603
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856686603.001.0001

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A. F. Garvie, author

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