The Authenticity of Prometheus Bound by Mark GriffithThe Authenticity of Prometheus Bound by Mark Griffith

The Authenticity of Prometheus Bound

byMark Griffith

Paperback | July 30, 2007

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Prometheus Bound was accepted without question in antiquity as the work of Aeschylus, and most modern authorities endorse this ascription. But since the nineteenth century several leading scholars have come to doubt Aeschylean authorship. Dr Griffith here provides a thorough and wide-ranging study of this problem, and concludes: 'Had Prometheus Bound been newly dug up from the sands of Oxyrhynchus... few scholars would regard it as the work of Aeschylus.' After a preliminary assessment of the external evidence, Dr Griffith examines minutely the idiosyncrasies of metre, dramatic technique, vocabulary, syntax and expression to be found in the play, applying the same tests to other plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides in order to provide a control for his methods. In his final chapter he discusses how the conditions surrounding the ancient transmission and cataloguing of texts may have led to the ascription to Aeschylus.
Title:The Authenticity of Prometheus BoundFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:July 30, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521038146

ISBN - 13:9780521038140


Table of Contents

List of tables; Preface; 1. The problem; 2. External evidence; 3. The lyric metres; 4. The recitative Anapaests; 5. The Iambic trimeters; 6. Structure and dramatic technique; 7. Staging; 8. Vocabulary; 9. Style and syntax; 10. Alternatives to Aeschylean authorship; Appendixes; Notes; Bibliography; Subject index; Index of Greek words discussed; Index of passages cited.