Ajax by Sophocles

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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This book is on the following lists:

  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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Ajax Kindle Edition 266660 2014
Ajax Kindle Edition 407846 $0.99 2010
Sophocles: Ajax (Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries) Hardcover 2862413 $140.00 $142.98 2011
Our Ajax Kindle Edition 2169108 2013
Our Ajax Paperback 452547 $8.43 $24.13 2013
Sophocles: Ajax (Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries) Paperback 593414 $32.32 2015
Ajax Paperback 5873285 $10.97 $12.40 2010
Ajax Hardcover 1365634 $27.95 $31.40 2010
Ajax (2012 Academic Edn. / Interactive TOC / Incl. Study Guide) Kindle Edition 1300635 $0.99 2012
Ajax Paperback 1910017 $14.95 2014
Ajax Paperback 779337 $7.18 2016
Ajax Paperback 2299089 $8.00 1998
Sophocles: Ajax (Classic Commentaries on Latin & Greek Texts) Paperback 3490361 $31.90 $27.00 2004
Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus (BCP Greek Texts) Paperback 2036336 $27.86 $26.68 1991
The Ajax of Sophocles: Tr. By R. C. Trevelyan (1919) Paperback 4384243 $14.99 2009
Odysseus at Troy: Ajax, Hecuba and Trojan Women (Focus Classical Library) Kindle Edition 720416 2013
Ajax (Greek Texts and Commentaries) Hardcover 4877659 $255.42 $30.00
Ajax Hardcover 10141788 $21.56 2010
Sophocles: Ajax (Greek Texts) Paperback 1828737 $32.95 $19.16 1991
Ajax Paperback 1717939 $9.76 $0.01 2008
Ayax, las traquinias, Antigona y Edipo Rey / Ajax, the Trachiniae, Antigone and Oedipus Rex: Las Traquinias. Antigona. Edipo Rey (Biblioteca tematica) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 1576937 $21.99 $10.01 2005
Áyax & Las Traquinias & Antígona & Edipo Rey (Spanish Edition) Paperback 13796254 $7.70 $23.41 2013
Odysseus at Troy: Ajax, Hecuba and Trojan Women (Focus Classical Library) Paperback 1204814 $14.86 $1.97 2010
Sophocles: Ajax (Cambridge Translations from Greek Drama) Paperback 684918 $10.41 $3.49 2001
Ajax Paperback 1107270 $8.94 $2.00 2010
Sophocles, Volume I. Ajax. Electra. Oedipus Tyrannus (Loeb Classical Library No. 20) Hardcover 372638 $22.29 $12.92 1994