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Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound

byAeschylusEditorMark Griffith

Paperback | June 30, 1983

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The myth of fire stolen from the gods appears in many pre-industrial societies. In Greek culture Prometheus the fire-stealer figures prominently in the poems of Hesiod, but in Prometheus Bound Hesiod's morality tale has been transformed into a drama of tragic tone and proportions. In the introduction, Mark Griffith examines how the dramatist has achieved this transformation, looking at the play from all angles - plot and characters, dramatic technique, style and metre. He includes a short section on the production of the play and on the questions of authenticity and date. The commentary guides the reader through problems of language, metre and content. An important feature of this volume is the appendix, which gathers together the existing fragments of the other two plays in the supposed Prometheus trilogy, quoting them in full in the original language and in translation, with short accompanying commentary. This is suitable for undergraduates and students in the upper forms of schools. It also deserves the serious attention of scholars. The introduction requires no knowledge of Greek and will interest students of drama and literature in other cultures too.
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...
Title:Aeschylus: Prometheus BoundFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 7.32 × 4.84 × 0.75 inPublished:June 30, 1983Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521270111

ISBN - 13:9780521270113


Table of Contents

Map; Preface; Introduction; 1. The myth; 2. The plot; 3. The characters; 4. Structure and dramatic technique; 5. Style and metre; 6. The production; 7. Authenticity and date; 8. The text; List of manuscripts; Prometheus Bound; Commentary; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.