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Sophocles wants to communicate the dangers of hubris through Ajax' characterization. A strong warrior, it is pride that ends up ruining Ajax. He believes himself to be the best warrior, worthy of...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2013 2:08 am UTC

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Despite their great rivalry, Odysseus recognizes Ajax as a great warrior, wholly deserving of a noble burial. Even one's enemies deserve respect in death, he says. After all, the Greeks allowed...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2019 6:42 am UTC

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It's an open question whether Sophocles is exploring the theme of heroism in this play. Unlike the present, in Hellenic Greece theater was an art and activity closely interwoven with religious...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2018 2:23 am UTC

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This question appears to be prompted by a reading of Mary Blundell's book Helping Friends and Harming Enemies: A Study in Sophocles and Greek Ethics. According to the traditional Greek code of...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2012 11:52 am UTC

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Sophocles seems to have been drawn to the theme of literal versus spiritual vision. As many students have discovered, Sophocles' Oedipus the King deals with this theme as when, for example, the...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 12:00 pm UTC

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Teucer was the half-brother of Ajax. Although they shared the same father, King Telamon of Salamis, they had different mother. The mother of Ajax was Telamon's first wife Periboea. The mother of...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2011 6:11 am UTC

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Ajax is considered great (though flawed) because he has proven himself time and again on the battlefield, but he is punished harshly by the gods when he disrespects them by spurning their help....

Latest answer posted May 9, 2007 11:39 pm UTC

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Kitto's Greek Tragedy is a really good starting point for this. Essentially, although tragedies were presented in groups of three, along with a satyr play, at the festival of Dionysius in Athens,...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2011 5:34 pm UTC

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