2_2_09 - CLASSICS 222 NOTES FOR 2/2/09 The journals so far...

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CLASSICS 222 NOTES FOR 2/2/09 The journals so far are largely very good. Thanks. Please do note that there is no reason to include plot summaries in your journals. To recap what we said on Friday: Ajax is probably the earliest of Sophocles' plays, dating from 460-450ish. It has a structural flamin' frontier quality to it. Most notably the change of scene, the chorus leaving the stage in the middle of the play, the actual suicide on stage, and the way in which the characters are involved in the choruses to make kommoi. Ajax is also the only extant tragedy that starts with an Olympian deity interacting with humans on stage. Athena orchestrates Ajax' madness, and seems more enthused than Odysseus. This is part of the story from the epic cycle, and our vision of the divinity is not very nice. WALK-THROUGH OF AJAX prologue, Athena, Odysseus, Ajax. As Ajax is the Athenians’ hometown hero from the Trojan War, Athena is their patron goddess. Athena’s words on page 13 can provide a justification for her atrocious behavior for those who need one. The opposition of Athena and Ajax must be unsettling for the Athenian audience. parodos (Chorus of Salaminian sailors) pp. 13-15 1st episode Tecmessa, Chorus, kommos. This play is noteworthy for the early placement and frequency of kommoi. Tecmessa as messenger on pp. 18-19. Note the way Ajax treats her in her narrative. Ajax enters with another kommos. The staging is calculated to make us feel his embarrassment exquisitely. Ajax on p. 25 and his options. The heroic values that Ajax has lived have so defined him
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