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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

(p.83) The Contest
The Ajax Dilemma

Paul Woodruff

Oxford University Press

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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