Part 1* The play begins with Odysseus standing outside of Ajax's tent, trying to determine if Ajax is inside. * Athena, a goddess, appears and asks why he is there. * Odysseus tells her that he wants to find out if Ajax is guilty of viciously slaughtering a herd of cattle. * Athena says that Ajax is guilty, and that he planned to kill Menelaus and Agamemnon in retaliation for giving Achilles' armor to Odysseus rather than him. * Athena made Ajax kill cattle instead of the men. * Athena makes Odysseus invisible and summon Ajax. * Ajax tells Athena that he slaughtered Agamemnon and Menelaus, and has captured Odysseus, whom he plans to torture. * Athena tells Odysseus that what he has seen serves as a warning that even the greatest men can be brought low by the events of one day. * The Chorus appears and speaks their belief that the rumor about Ajax slaughtering...
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