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(Drama for Students)

Discuss the relationship between man and the gods as portrayed in Ajax.

What do the speeches in Ajax suggest about the heroic ideal?

Research fifth century Greek society. What is the role of women in this society? Is Tecmessa correct in being concerned about her future?

Both Ajax and Antigone deal with the issue of the proper burial of dead bodies, but in Ajax, Odysseus is able to modify Agamemnon’s anger and peace is restored. Consider how Creon reacts to similar advice in Antigone and compare the way these two plays deal with a similar problem.

Research the role of early Greek drama in Greek life. What lessons would fifth-century Greek men learn from this play?