AjaxPaperback - 2008
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This story takes place during the Trojan war , it happens after the Iliad ends. After the death of Achilles , his gear is up for grabs and Ajax and Odysseus are the contestants . For reasons unknown currently, Ajax is denied and he goes into a furious rage and in the dead of night slaughters the greek herds imagining them to his foes , the Atredei and Odysseus. After he comes to his senses , by which time the entire greek army knows that Ajax has gone mad, he realizes the foolishness of his actions and also realizes that the damage to his reputation is irreparable so he kills himself by falling on his sword, the sword of Hector. At this point , Agememnon and Meneleus are loath to give him a burial where Teucer argues to the contrary. Finally Odysseus shows up and convinces Agememnon that it is best to forgive and there is no shame in honoring a fallen foe. This has several morals tied in, beware of envy , beware of anger , beware of losing your reputation , forgiving is not a sign of weakness but of strength and above all , do not trample upon a fallen foe.
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