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Sophocles' Ajax and its Double Agon in Light of Intertextual Relations

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It has been said that Sophocles' Ajax lacks unity, and that its conclusion loses part of its tragic effect. This paper examines the tragedy's structure and the associated innovations introduced by Sophocles, focusing primarily on the double agon. The paper attempts to explain the agon's dual nature by comparing Ajax with three other works, namely the Iliad, Ichneutai and, especially, the Hymn to Hermes.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2018

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  • Hermes, founded in 1866 and currently edited by Siegmar Döpp, Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp and Adolf Köhnken, is an international, peer-reviewed journal on Greek and Roman antiquity. It focuses on linguistics, literature as well as history. It features original articles in English, German, French and Italian.
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