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Looking at Ajax | David Stuttard | Bloomsbury
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Subject: Literature
Curriculum: Classic English Literature
Language: English
Classoos code: 17840
Digitization: Live text
Published: 26/11/2020
ISBN: 9781350072312
Hardcopy ISBN: 9781350190610

Looking at Ajax

David Stuttard

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Summary

Ajax is perhaps the earliest of Sophocles' tragedies, yet the issues at its heart remain profoundly resonant today. Set in the Greek encampment during the siege of Troy, it traces not just the story of a respected war hero's mental breakdown but (like Sophocles' Antigone) the treatment of an enemy's remains and the management of his memory. Pitting the fate of the individual against not just his own community but the cosmic world of the divine, it explores questions of loyalty and power, compassion and control, integrity and political expediency – and ultimately what it is to be human. In Antiquity the fate of Ajax fascinated writers and artists alike. Today it has assumed a new importance with Sophocles' play being used to help treat military veterans suffering from PTSD.

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