The Department of Classics
HOMERathon IV Keynote Address: Paul Woodruff on "The Ajax Dilemma"
October 2, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cook-DeWitt Auditorium
HOMERathon IV Keynote Address
The Ajax Dilemma:
Who is "The Best of the Greeks"?
University of Texas at Austin
6:30 PM on Wednesday, October 2
Cook-DeWitt Auditorium, GVSU Allendale Campus
Prof. Paul Woodruff builds his answer to these questions around the ancient conflict between Ajax and Odysseus over the armor of the slain warrior Achilles.
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Paul Woodruff has taught philosophy and classics at the University of Texas at Austin since 1973. His books include Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue (2001. Second Edition, expanded, 2014), First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea (2005), The Necessity of Theater (2008) and (most recently) The Ajax Dilemma (2011), which concerns justice and the disparity of rewards. He has also written plays, poetry, short fiction, and opera libretti, as well as translations from the Greek of Plato, Sophocles, and Thucydides.
Prof. Woodruff was born in New Jersey, raised in western Pennsylvania, and educated at Princeton and Oxford Universities. He served as a junior officer in the United States Army with MACV at Chau Doc in the Delta of Vietnam from June 1969 to June 1970.
The New York Times writes: "The timing is excellent for The Ajax Dilemma...this little book makes a worthy contribution to the issue of how to distribute rewards in both government and business. In this age, the story of Ajax is sure to resonate with many."