Betrayed, Berserk, and Abandoned: War Trauma in Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes

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dc.contributor.author Binus, Joshua Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-04T18:56:27Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014-06-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5424
dc.description.abstract Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes can be read as allegories of warriors who experience war trauma. The ancient Greeks already knew of the effects of war trauma through prior literature, and the plays were produced during a period of great violence and upheaval. Ajax shows how a shame-inducing betrayal causes a warrior to go berserk, and consequently withdraw from his community and commit suicide. Philoctetes shows that a betrayal, combined with the loss of a comrade, can cause the warrior to become isolated and emotionally vulnerable. His only means of being reintegrated into society is through mutual understanding with members of that society, and closure with his dead comrade. These plays were produced for therapeutic benefit, as shown by the comparative evidence found in psychodrama, dramatherapy, and the Theater of War productions of the two plays. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject PTSD en_US
dc.subject Trauma en_US
dc.subject Sophocles en_US
dc.subject Ajax en_US
dc.subject Philoctetes en_US
dc.subject Athens en_US
dc.subject dramatherapy en_US
dc.subject psychodrama en_US
dc.title Betrayed, Berserk, and Abandoned: War Trauma in Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Bowman, Laurel
dc.degree.department Department of Greek and Roman Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0294 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0621 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0465 en_US

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