Aeschylus, Fragment 288.3 (Judgment of the Arms)


“True words are simple ones.”


‘ἁπλᾶ γάρ ἐστι τῆς ἀληθείας ἔπη’.


This is from the fragmentary lost play Judgment of the Arms which covers some of the same ground as Sophocles’ Ajax. The line, it seems, is posed against the trickier and more devious language of Odysseus. Simple words, as many know, can merely be a different rhetorical ploy…

Sophocles Ajax 125-126



“For I see that we who live are nothing more than ghosts and empty darkness”


ὁρῶ γὰρ ἡμᾶς οὐδὲν ὄντας ἄλλο πλὴν

εἴδωλ᾽ ὅσοιπερ ζῶμεν ἢ κούφην σκιάν.


Ajax the son of Telamon was not a happy man.

Ajax took his own life in the face of disappointment and dishonor. Some blame Odysseus.