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The Tragedies of Sophocles$
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James Morwood

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.001.0001

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Arms and the Man

(p.14) Chapter 2 Ajax
The Tragedies of Sophocles

James Morwood

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the concept of manhood as shown by Sophocles' tragedy Ajax. It states that in Ajax, Sophocles has used the word ‘man’ (anēr) 83 times, significantly more frequent than any of his plays, following a question on what a man is. It notes how Sophocles commemorated man's capacity for doing good and noble things, whilst also showing its capacity for doing evil, mean-spiritedness, and selfishness.

Keywords:   man, Sophocles, Ajax, tragedy, capacity for doing good, capacity for doing evil, manhood

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