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The Ajax DilemmaJustice, Fairness, and Rewards$
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Paul Woodruff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199768615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.001.0001

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The Contest

The Contest

What Went Wrong

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(p.83) The Contest
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The Ajax Dilemma
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Paul Woodruff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.003.0008

This chapter discusses five things wrong in the contest between Ajax and Odysseus. These are: (i) failure of justice to serve its purpose; (ii) the story brought justice into conflict with compassion; (iii) the army is poorly led; (iv) the procedure Agamemnon followed is aimed at fairness but produced only discontent; and (v) the failure of character.

Keywords:   Ajax, Odysseus, content, justice, compassion

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