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Prometheus Bound

by Aeschylus

Dover Publications | January 22, 1996 | Trade Paperback |

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Aeschylus based his epic drama on the legendary tale of Prometheus, the Titan who stole fire from the gods for the benefit of humanity. Prometheus''s terrible punishment remains a universal symbol of human vulnerability in any struggle with the gods, and this ancient play continues to entrance audiences with its timeless appeal.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 64 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: January 22, 1996

Publisher: Dover Publications

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0486287629

ISBN - 13: 9780486287621

Found in: Greek and Roman, Greek and Roman
Appropriate for ages: 14

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Prometheus Bound

Prometheus Bound

by Aeschylus

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 64 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: January 22, 1996

Publisher: Dover Publications

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0486287629

ISBN - 13: 9780486287621

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Aeschylus based his epic drama on the legendary tale of Prometheus, the Titan who stole fire from the gods for the benefit of humanity. Prometheus''s terrible punishment remains a universal symbol of human vulnerability in any struggle with the gods, and this ancient play continues to entrance audiences with its timeless appeal.

About the Author

Aeschylus was born at Eleusis of a noble family. He fought at the Battle of Marathon (490 b.c.), where a small Greek band heroically defeated the invading Persians. At the time of his death in Sicily, Athens was in its golden age. In all of his extant works, his intense love of Greece and Athens finds expression. Of the nearly 90 plays attributed to him, only 7 survive. These are The Persians (produced in 472 b.c.), Seven against Thebes (467 b.c.), The Oresteia (458 b.c.)---which includes Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and Eumenides (or Furies) --- Suppliants (463 b.c.), and Prometheus Bound (c.460 b.c.). Six of the seven present mythological stories. The ornate language creates a mood of tragedy and reinforces the already stylized character of the Greek theater. Aeschylus called his prodigious output "dry scraps from Homer's banquet," because his plots and solemn language are derived from the epic poet. But a more accurate summation of Aeschylus would emphasize his grandeur of mind and spirit and the tragic dignity of his language. Because of his patriotism and belief in divine providence, there is a profound moral order to his plays. Characters such as Clytemnestra, Orestes, and Prometheus personify a great passion or principle. As individuals they conflict with divine will, but, ultimately, justice prevails. Aeschylus's introduction of the second actor made real theater possible, because the two could address each other and act several roles. His successors imitated his cost
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