To Befriend or not to Befriend? A Note on Lines 678-683 of the Deception Speech in Ajax


A fresh reading of the “deception speech” in Ajax. By refocusing the attention of the deception speech on the notion of philos and philia in the “harbor of friendship” passage (678-683), the author suggests that the hero neither tried not cared to deceive; instead, as Ajax deliberated on the mutability of human loyalties as part of the wider cycle of cosmic and human change, he realized that he did not belong in such a world. Thus he reverts to his original decision to commit suicide.