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AJAX by Sophocles, Part 01

Ajax

By Sophocles

Written 440 B.C.E

Translated by R. C. Trevelyan

Dramatis Personae

Athena
ODYSSEUS
AJAX
CHORUS OF SALAMINIANS
TECMESSA, concubine of AJAX
MESSENGER
TEUCER, half-brother of AJAX
MENELAUS
AGAMEMNON
Mute Persons
EURYSACES, child of AJAX and TECMESSA
Attendants, Heralds, etc.


Scene

Before the tent of AJAX in the Greek camp at Troy. It is dawn. ODYSSEUS is discovered examining the ground before the tent. Athena appears from above.

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Athena
Son of Laertes, ever do I behold thee
Scheming to snatch some vantage o'er thy foes.
And now among the tents that guard the ships
Of Ajax, camped at the army's outmost verge,
Long have I watched thee hunting in his trail,
And scanning his fresh prints, to learn if now
He be within or forth. Skilled in the chase
Thou seemest, as a keen-nosed Spartan hound.
For the man but now has passed within, his face
And slaughterous hands streaming with sweat and blood.
No further need for thee to peer about
Inside these doors. But say what eager quest
Is thine, that I who know may give thee light.

ODYSSEUS
Voice of Athena, dearest of Gods to me,
How clearly, though thou be invisible,
Do I hear thy call, and seize it with my soul,
As when a bronze-mouthed Tyrrhene trumpet sounds!
Rightly thou judgest that on a foe's trail,
Broad-shielded Ajax, I range to and fro.
Him, and no other, I have long been tracking.
This very night against us he has wrought
A deed incredible, if in truth 'tis he.
For we know nothing sure, but drift in doubt.
Gladly I assumed the burden of this task.
For not long since we found that our whole spoil
Had been destroyed, both herds and flocks, slaughtered
By some man's hand, their guardians dead beside them.
Now 'tis on him that all men lay this guilt:
And a scout who had seen him swiftly bounding
Across the plain alone with reeking sword,
Informed me and bore witness. I forthwith,
Darting in hot chase, now pick out his tracks,
But now, bewildered, know not whose they are.
Timely thou comest. As in past days, so
In days to come I am guided by thy hand.

Athena
I know it, Odysseus: so on the path betimes
A sentinel friendly to thy chase I came.

ODYSSEUS
Dear mistress, do I labour to good purpose?

Athena
Know 'twas by yonder man these deeds were wrought.

ODYSSEUS
And why did he so brandish a frenzied hand?

Athena
In grievous wrath for Achilles' panoply.

ODYSSEUS
Why then upon the flocks did he make this onslaught?

Athena
Your blood he deemed it was that stained his hand.

ODYSSEUS
Was this outrage designed against the Greeks?

Athena
He had achieved it too, but for my vigilance.

ODYSSEUS
What bold scheme could inspire such reckless daring?

 

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