Announcement: Sophocles Lives!
I've just started rereading Sophocles' Ajax. I'm not sure why, apart from the need to keep reading Greek, but there is something that has always attracted me in the portrait of the staunch reactionary who goes mad, after being dishonored, and of his glib enemy, Odysseus, who learns humanity. (I have a strong hunch that in his depictions of Odysseus--as in his Oedipus--Sophocles is dealing with the Athenian mentality of his own day, and that scholars who see the poet's friend Cimon in Ajax are on the right track.)
If five people promise to start reading it, I'll start a discussion on the subject.