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Aias (Ajax)

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The oldest surviving play of the great Greek tragedian Sophocles, "Aias" or "Ajax" unfolds the destiny of the warrior Aias after the Trojan War. He is infuriated with the Greek leaders for awarding the armor of Achilles to Odysseus, and he vows to kill them in his vengeance. When he attempts to seek his revenge, however, the goddess Athena interferes, leading him into disg ...more
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David Sarkies
Aug 17, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ancient Greek Lovers and Psychologists
Recommended to David by: My Classics Lecturer
Shelves: tragedy
Psychosis and the Trojan War
20 March 2012

On the 9th of March 2012 an American patrol was travelling through Afghanistan when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. Of the occupants two were severely injured (I believe they lost limbs). Two days later, on the 11th March 2012, one of the soldiers that had escaped injury took up an assault rifle, left the camp, and proceeded to slaughter 16 Afghani civilians from two villages. This event hit the media like a storm, and as of the writing of t
Huda Aweys
فاكرين فيلم
أجاكس في الفيلم بيموت :) .. عادي المخرج عاوز كده !، لكن الحقيقة ان أجاكس في الأساطير الإغريقية كان لسه لدوره بقية بيحكيها لنا سوفوكليس في مسرحيته
و اللي بتبدأ من بعد موت
من بعد الفيلم يعني
و من بعد اقتراع (مشكوك في نزاهته!) بيتم مابين (أوديسيوس) و (أجاكس)على درع أخيل ، و بيفوز بيه أوديسيوس ...
موش هاحرق المسرحية و أكلمكم عن قصتها ، لكن شخصية (أجاكس) هنا كانت ثرية جدا ومادة مغرية لأي ممثل حقيقي
الغضب .. الجنون .. القوة .. الندم .. الصدمة .. الحزن .. معاناة
Alp Turgut
“İlyada”daki Achilleus’tan sonraki en güçlü kahraman olarak kabul edilen Aias’ın trajik sonunu konu alan Sophocles’in aynı isimli oyunu “Ajax / Aias”, ünlü yazarın ilk oyunlarından olması sebebiyle “Elektra” ve “Kral Oidipus” gibi diğer oyunlarına kıyasla biraz daha zayıf bir tablo çiziyor. Hikayenin ilk yarısında yapılan haksızlık nedeniyle Odysseus, Agamemnon ve Menelaus’tan intikamını almak isteyen Aias, Athena yüzünden kandırılır ve bir grup koyun sürüsünü onlar zannederek vahşice öldürür, b ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this series, The Greek Tragedy in New Translations, pairs scholars & poets for bangin' translations of plays by aeschylus, euripides, sophocles, etc & the editors' foreword itself got me pretty psyched; these guys seem to be really hardcore about their convictions regarding quality translations, & i'm totally going to check out some others.

that said, in this translation pevear steps down from bein' all scholarly-like & lets herbert golder do that work, & omg does he ever; it'
Oct 10, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-drama

Sophocles wrote a few plays centered around war and Odysseus; this is probably one of the most famous out of them as well as the best-written of them all. Ajax focuses on the title character, who is a revered warrior whom many people may remember from Homer's Iliad. However, this particular story centers mainly around the downfall of the hero, whose warlike nature drives him to almost kill his friends; his guilt is what really gets him in the end.

Ajax himself is not necessarily a bad man, but h
Garrett Cash
Ye have been warned. Spoilers abound.
(But if you know anything about tragedies you know where this is going)

I love works that expand upon The Iliad. Whether it be characters or scenes, it's always fun to learn more about the Trojan War. Ajax is similar to Antigone because it involves the justice pertaining to the way a body is dealt with. It also involves oracles and prophecy like many of Sophocles's plays, but Ajax has unfortunately left his tent before he can hear it. The first part of the pl
May 24, 2014 Maya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is impossible to dislike such a masterpiece! The Ájax's tragedy is basically about the pride of a powerfull warrior who seeks victory without the Gods help... and infuriate them because of his behaviour. His disgrace is the disgrace of all his family and his men, as we can see in their lament, and his salvation (but only to himself)is his death. What I like the most in this book is about Ajax's sense of pride who refuses to bend in whatever situation, against whoever be, but mostly, the dialo ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
What seemed like a simple tragedy of one soldier's suicide and the ensuing discussion of his burial soon became a more nuanced examination of selfishness vs. communal compromise. Ajax chooses to go it alone at every turn, rejecting any help from gods or man. He believes he can win battles or right wrongs on his own. It's a selfishness that isolates him, leading him to the ultimate act of selfishness--taking his own life.

Ironically (and this is where the play became fascinating for me), the comm
Mar 19, 2014 Yani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro
Es imposible que califique con menos de cuatro estrellas a algo que involucre mitología griega. Tengo debilidades, como todo el mundo.
Esta obra se lee rápido y tiene un argumento muy claro (incluso algunos personajes ayudan a reponer detalles que quedan por fuera, ya que empieza in medias res ). La historia de Áyax me pareció interesante por uno de sus tantos mensajes. Si en aquel entonces existía algo peor que no creer en los dioses, eso debía ser desdeñar su ayuda.
Ahora tengo muchas más gan
May 25, 2015 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read this in English over the summer for a seminar about shame and honor, and it didn't grab me. But I loved Ajax in Greek.

Sophocles came much easier to me in Greek than did Aeschylus, which is curious because 'Prometheus Bound' is supposed to be "easier". The language is amazing in ways I can't really explain.

I had the privilege of studying this in Sheila Murnaghan's class, and she is that rare combination of brilliant/funny/approachable/tough that makes for a great professor. She's also genu
Ajax: RARRRR!!! *kills lots of sheep*
Ajax: ...
Ajax: *feels much shame* i should kill myself
Tecmessa: don't do it hoe
Teucer: don't do it bro
Ajax: *kills self anyway*
Tecmessa & Teucer: well great. now our lives are f'd.
Menelaus: trololol hope the birds eat ur face
Odysseus: guys maybe we shouldn't be jerks...
Agamemnon: fine whatevs
Ajax: *gets buried*
Mel Belstein
May 31, 2014 Mel Belstein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Podría no ponerle 5 estrellas a Sófocles?
"Ah ! Qu'ils rient donc tout à leur aise ! qu'ils triomphent de ses malheurs ! S'ils ne l'aimaient pas vivant, mort, ils le pleureront sans doute, lorsqu'il leur manquera sur le champ de bataille. Les esprits vulgaires ne comprennent le prix de ce qu'ils possèdent que du jour où ils l'ont perdu. Si sa mort m'est une peine, plus vive que leur joie, à eux, pour lui du moins elle n'est que douceur, puisqu'il a obtenu l'objet de ses désirs, la mort qu'il convoitait"

Sophocle a écrit plus de cent tren
Sep 19, 2015 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sófocles tiene una manera muy clara de narrarte los hechos que van ocurriendo a lo largo de esta tragedia, la tragedia de Ayax, primo de Aquiles, que tras no recibir las armas de Aquiles se llena de rabia y en un intento de matar a Odiseo, la diosa Atenea le hace creer que sí esta degollando a Odiseo y a sus soldados cuando lo quee n verdad está haciendo es matar y azotar hasta la muerte a bueyes, corderos y demás. Y cuando se da cuenta pierde la cordura y le empieza a venir a la mente ideas ext ...more
Wael Mahmoud
I read E. F. Watling's translation.

A beautiful tragedy by the greek master Sophocles. The dialogue is very smart and concentrated, the characters - specially Ajax and Teucer - perfectly presentd although it seems that both were part of lost Sophocles' play.

As all greek tragedies you must be ready to understand the importance of the burial's procedures in the ancient Greece as a key element in the plot.
Edward Cheer
I was really excited to read this story. I was expecting something more of an epic tale of war and destruction, but I got something a little different. I still relatively enjoyed it, just not as much as I was hoping I would.

Ajax is the story of... well, take a wild guess, and follows the last moments of his life- involving Odysseus praying to Athena for him to go blind and insane, which he does and eventually kills himself. A lot of the imagery and dialogue conveyed through Ajax shows just how m
Aug 13, 2015 AGamarra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es la primera tragedia griega que leí.

Es una tragedia muy interesante y creo es una muy especial entre el ciclo Tebano por el que es mayormente reconocido Sófocles. Este autor incansable se dice escribió más de 120 tragedias pero desgraciadamente sólo quedan 7.

Áyax es diferente en muchos aspectos a las demás tragedias, por lo menos la aparición de Atenea ya dice bastante a diferencia de otras obras, y nos hace pensar qué tanta puede haber sido la diversidad de Sófocles en su obra.

Áyax ese gigant
Jim Robles
Jul 12, 2015 Jim Robles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Several things strike me:

Superb use of dramatic irony, for example, when Ajax goes off to "bury" his sword: there is simply nobody better at this.

Odysseus, although certainly still the man-of-many-faces, comes off well in recognizing Ajax's common humanity when he has been driven mad by diving action. Even more so when, in defending Ajax's right to a decent burial, he offers an implicit critique of Achilles' treatment of Hector's body.

Sophocles' treatment of Ajax, and his responsibil
Snafu Warrior
Jan 30, 2014 Snafu Warrior rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, drama
Kada sam konačno završio seminarski na temu Ajantove tragike, pokušaću da tih 14 strana (isprva beše 17, no moralo se to skratiti) da ovde u vidu nekoliko crta predstavim. So, let's get down to business...
Vredi li šta drugo reći? U samom imenu sadržano je čitavo biće Ajantovo, taj urlik koji je na nekom nivou jači od Ahilejevog urlika hiljada grla dok se spušta na Trojance. Ajant je biće koje ide u krajnost, on se gubi u njima, ne može podneti onu aristotelovsku sredinu, stalno šeta po toj o
Maan Kawas
Sep 16, 2013 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful tragedy by the great Ancient Greek master Sophocles that is centered around key values and themes, which are glory (kleos, as perceived then), social shame, anger, hatred, and stubbornness. Ajax the hero is full of hatred and aggressiveness because he was not awarded the god-made (Hephaestus) armor of the Geek hero Achilles, after his death. Although Ajax was subject to a trick by the goddess Athena (in response to an insult she had received from him previously, displayed in his prid ...more
Apr 19, 2007 علی rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tragedies
قصه ی آژاکس، قصه ی قهرمان مغرور جنگ ترواست؛ تلامونیان آژاکس. او که در جنگ، خود را همپای آشیل و دیگر قهرمانان یونانی می دانست، چون سلاح آشیل را به اودیسوس بخشیدند، از جنگ سر باز زد و به گوشه ای پناه برد. با وجودی که اودیسوس از آگاممنون و مه نه لاس خواست تا سلاح را به آژاکس بدهند، اما آژاکس هم چنان سرخورده باقی ماند. تراژدی های "الکترا"، "زنان تراخیس"، "فیلوکتتس" و "آژاکس" به روایت سوفوکلس را، محمد سعیدی ترجمه کرده و بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب آنها را در 1339 منتشر کرده است.

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May 07, 2010 Roger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aias (Ajax in Latin) is angered by being robbed of the honor of Achilles armor by a council of Greeks who instead award it to Odysseus. Planning to murder the Greeks in their beds, he instead is driven mad by Athena and kills cattle instead (believing them to be the Greeks who offended him). When he comes out of his madness in the morning and realizes what he's done, he's humiliated, and the only course of action he sees is suicide. Now suicide for Greeks was not considered heroic like it was fo ...more
Nov 01, 2009 Charles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Caitlyn Dixon, Richard Matkins, Lee Quinn
Recommended to Charles by: Bill Hagen
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Nov 04, 2015 I_ty_toje rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Достаточно интересная пьеса и в целом мне понравилась. Вопрос ответственности и стыда перед Обществом (даже в посмертном плане) - крайне интересный вопрос и исследуется авторами уже много столетий. Правда границы разные в разные эпохи. Где эта граница сегодня? Надо думать. Приятно что книга, написанная 25 столетий назад - заставляет задуматься.
Mar 28, 2011 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, plays
The story of the death of Ajax, Greek champion and hero of the Trojan war. After Achilles magic armor is awarded to Odysseus over him after neither can win it over the other in competition, Ajax collapses and wakes up enraged at this dishonor. Enchanted by Athena he mistakes the sheep heard for his "enemies" (including Odysseus and Agamemnon)and kills and tortures them. Coming to his senses, realizing what he has done and the dishonor it will bring to him Ajax kills himself by falling on his own ...more
Cristián Morales
Jul 18, 2011 Cristián Morales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gusta mucho volver a los clásicos, siempre encuentro conflictos y temáticas casi inherentes al alma humana.

Algunos citas para que se den una idea:

"Los de menguado corazón no saben estimar el bien que tienen en sus manos hasta que no alguien se lo ha arrebatado"

"Todo hombre ha de entenderlo: no importa su enorme estatura, no importa su valentía, también él puede sucumbir al más ligero desliz. Temor y respeto de si mismo juntamente, son lo que dan entera seguridad al hombre."

Este es de los que
Matt Martinson
Mar 16, 2015 Matt Martinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. If you love Homer and want to keep reading about all those great heroes, this is a great place to go next. And Sophocles is always a fantastic read. It's a fast read, but that doesn't mean it isn't still powerful!
Jason Craft
Jul 26, 2015 Jason Craft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A modern, poetic translation. Tipton's shorter line gives the work a compelling economy and intensity. I especially loved the chorus, where "distressed syntax" (his words) leads to provocative, richly dense verse.
Apr 05, 2014 Ray rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama, classic
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anthony e.
Oct 27, 2008 anthony e. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvelous. John Tipman makes some pretty striking choices as to his translation (or, in his eyes, "interpretation"), but they work. His afterword does a great job explaining it; the frentic pace of the language, the ethereal chorus, its all there laid out in the clear, concise language of explaination. And the paly itself is just a knockout. Sophocles has written some of the most timeless plays in Western Civilization, but has outdone himself with Ajax. The inversions, the metaphor, the implicit ...more
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