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Epic Weapons on the Tragic Stage

Melissa Mueller

in Objects As Actors: Props and the Poetics of Performance in Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226312958
eISBN:
9780226313009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226313009.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 1 considers the uncanny agency of weapons in Sophocles’ Ajax, Sophocles’ Philoctetes, and Euripides’ Heracles. On stage, the sword cues audience awareness of the intertextual factors ... More


Ajax’s Shield: Bridging Troy and Athens

Melissa Mueller

in Objects As Actors: Props and the Poetics of Performance in Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226312958
eISBN:
9780226313009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226313009.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 5 returns to Sophocles’ Ajax for a closer look at how Ajax’s legendary status as the unparalleled defender of the Achaean troops in Homer is reshaped when he bequeaths his shield to his son, ... More


Thebes, Aegina, and the Temple of Aphaia: A Reading of Pindar's Isthmian 6

Henrik Indergaard

in Aegina: Contexts for Choral Lyric Poetry: Myth, History, and Identity in the Fifth Century BC

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199546510
eISBN:
9780191594922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546510.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the myth contained in Pindar's Isthmian 6, in which Pindar tells the story of how Herakles, visiting Telamon to summon him for their expedition against Troy, prays to Zeus that ... More


Sophocles' Palamedes and Nauplius plays: no trilogy here

Alan H. Sommerstein

in The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199568314
eISBN:
9780191723018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.003.0018
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter looks at five fragmentary Sophoclean plays — The Madness of Odysseus, Palamedes, The Arrival of Nauplius, Ajax the Locrian, and Nauplius the Fire-Raiser and considers whether any of them ... More


The Tragedies of Sophocles

James Morwood

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675716
eISBN:
9781781380833
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book provides separate discussions of each of Sophocles' seven plays: Ajax, Women of Trachis, Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus. It sets these between an ... More


Speaking back in Sophocles' Ajax

Elton T.E. Barker

in Entering the Agon: Dissent and Authority in Homer, Historiography, and Tragedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199542710
eISBN:
9780191715365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542710.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter tackles head-on the problem of the double agon in the play's second half, as Teucer and the Atreidae argue over Ajax's body, and interprets it as part of a strategy that emphasizes ... More


The Selection of Ajax to Face Hector

Dennis R. MacDonald

in Does the New Testament Imitate Homer?: Four Cases from the Acts of the Apostles

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300097702
eISBN:
9780300129892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300097702.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter describes the time when Ajax recognized his lot, rejoiced and asked the army to pray to Zeus for victory—and pray they did. The fight between Ajax and Hector ended in a draw; each ... More


1. Aigina and the Aiakids

Anne Pippin Burnett

in Pindar's Songs for Young Athletes of Aigina

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199277940
eISBN:
9780191707841
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277940.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Pindar's Aiginetan odes were made for the commercial aristocracy of a small, civilised, and very rich island. The commercial success of Aigina attracted the interest of Argos and Epidauros, and for ... More


‘Darkness, my Light’: Enigmatic Ajax

S. J. Instone

in Hesperos: Studies in Ancient Greek Poetry Presented to M. L. West on his Seventieth Birthday

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199285686
eISBN:
9780191713958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285686.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores one dimension of the play, Ajax. The oddities of the play revolve around two central themes — life and death — or, more particularly, the value of being alive and the value of ... More


The Advent of Pluralism: Diversity and Conflict in the Age of Sophocles

Lauren J. Apfel

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199600625
eISBN:
9780191724985
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600625.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This book is concerned with the relationship between a modern philosophical idea and an ancient historical moment. It explores how the notion of pluralism, made famous by Isaiah Berlin, may be seen ... More


Ajax: moral certainty

Lauren J. Apfel

in The Advent of Pluralism: Diversity and Conflict in the Age of Sophocles

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199600625
eISBN:
9780191724985
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600625.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter turns attention towards Sophocles' Ajax, particularly in light of Homeric precedents. It argues that Ajax personifies a strong link between heroism and the monistic style of ... More


Afterlife

James Morwood

in The Tragedies of Sophocles

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675716
eISBN:
9781781380833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter presents post-classical adaptations of Sophocles' tragedies. It highlights the production of Ajax in 1882, which was staged in Cambridge, England. It also explores Martin Crimp's Cruel ... More


The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness, and Rewards

Paul Woodruff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199768615
eISBN:
9780190267582
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

We live in a world where CEOs give themselves million pound bonuses even as their companies go bankrupt and ordinary workers are laid off; where athletes make millions while teachers struggle to ... More


What Is at Stake: Rewards versus Booty and Incentives

Paul Woodruff

in The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness, and Rewards

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199768615
eISBN:
9780190267582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter distinguishes between booty, incentive, and reward, and discusses their relevance to the case of Ajax. Booty is a share of a community's profits; its opposite is a share of the losses. ... More


The Myth

Paul Woodruff

in The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness, and Rewards

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199768615
eISBN:
9780190267582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter explains the author's rationale for retelling the story of Ajax. The story derives from Sophocles' play Ajax. Sophocles leaves much unsaid and unexplained, as in all his plays, and, most ... More


Caring about Ajax

Paul Woodruff

in The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness, and Rewards

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199768615
eISBN:
9780190267582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the character of Odysseus in the story of Ajax. The story reveals that Odysseus, the man who will do anything to win, cared about Ajax. Odysseus also felt compassion for Ajax ... More


The Contest: What Went Wrong

Paul Woodruff

in The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness, and Rewards

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199768615
eISBN:
9780190267582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter discusses five things wrong in the contest between Ajax and Odysseus. These are: (i) failure of justice to serve its purpose; (ii) the story brought justice into conflict with ... More


Bad Losers

Paul Woodruff

in The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness, and Rewards

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199768615
eISBN:
9780190267582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter considers the underlying causes that make a person a bad loser, based on the story of Ajax. One cause is insufficient anger, or anger too late. Ajax is a bad loser not because he snaps ... More


Honor and Respect

Paul Woodruff

in The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness, and Rewards

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199768615
eISBN:
9780190267582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter discusses the notions of honor and respect. Honor and respect are essential parts of what is due in a community. Where one gives honor, one is giving respect, but not the other way ... More


Wisdom

Paul Woodruff

in The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness, and Rewards

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199768615
eISBN:
9780190267582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter first proposes a scenario where Agamemnon appreciated both Ajax's loyalty and Odysseus's cleverness, where Ajax saw the value of Odysseus, and was glad when Odysseus was rewarded. It ... More


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