Sophocles helps US soldiers deal with stress

This link is copied from Rogue Classicism. I don’t habitually repeat stuff from R.C. – everyone committed to the Classics should get a feed from it. But for those who haven’t yet set up RSS, here is a story that may be useful in class.

For as long as there have been wars, there have been warriors who survive — and yet become as much casualties of battle as those who died.

In fact, some think that the Greek playwright Sophocles was writing, in military dramas like Ajax and Philoctetes, about what today we call post-traumatic stress disorder — and that his plays were performed by veterans, for veterans, in part to help them heal.

Now Sophocles is finding a military audience once again. The venue? A Marriott hotel ballroom, where 300 uniformed men and women sit watching, box lunches on their laps.

Onstage, a soldier’s wife weeps over the carnage caused by her husband — the crazed combat veteran Ajax, who in a rage has slaughtered dozens of farm animals, believing them to be his superior officers.


Read the rest and see video of an ‘Ajax’ scene

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