The Ajax of Sophocles

The Ajax of Sophocles

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...aid! In truth, from tempers such as thine, no stablishing of any law could grow, --if we are to oust the rightful winners, and bring the rearguard to the van! Nay, this must be foiled! 'tis not the stout nor the broad-shouldered that are the surest fighters--but they that are wise and wary do alway prevail. For all his broad flanks, the ox is kept straight to the track by a little goad! And for thee too I descry a cure of that kind drawing nigh and quickly, unless thou acquire some discretion: thou--whose hero lives no longer but hath become a shadow--thou art bold and insolent and all too free of utterance! Wilt not be submissive? wilt not remember what thy birth makes thee, and bring hither some one else, a free man, instead of thyself, to plead thy cause to us? For no further can I understand thy words--since I comprehend not the jargon of a slave. 2 c Chor. Ah, that both of you would will forbearance! better thing than that, for you both, have I none to say. 2e'S'TEUc. Alas, when a man is dead, how quickly do men let all gratitude melt away and prove traitor to him! as now of thee, mine Ajax! this man hath no memory, not even in things of small regard!--this man, for whom thou didst strive so oft, staking thy very life on the spear! Nay, all this service is flung away and forgotten. (To Agamemnon.) Thou of the lengthy speech just spoken, and all for nought! canst thou no more recall aught of the time when ye were cooped within yon barriers, not men but things of nought, in the hour of defeat--and he came forth alone and saved you, though already around the ships and on the raised thwarts of the rowers the fire flared up, and high above the moat sprang Hector, to storm our ships? Who warded off that doom from you? was it not this man...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236937066
  • 9781236937063