Ajax by Sophocles

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Ajax is a play by Sophocles. The date of its first performance is unknown, but most scholars regard it as an early work, about 450 BCE to 430 BCE (J. Moore, 2). It chronicles the fate of the warrior Ajax after the events of the Iliad and the Trojan War. At the onset of the play, Ajax is enraged because Achilles' armor was awarded to Odysseus, rather than him. He vows to kill the Greek leaders who disgraced him. Before he can enact his revenge, though, he is tricked by the goddess Athena into believing that the sheep and cattle that were taken by the Achaeans as spoil are the Greek leaders. He slaughters some of them, and takes the others back to his home to torture, including a ram which he believes to be his main rival, Odysseus.

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The 193rd greatest fiction book of all time


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  1. - 17th on The 16 Greatest Books of All Time (NYU Local)
  2. - 32nd on Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale (Raymond Queneau)
  3. - Great Books of the Western World (Great Books Foundation)
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