Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound

Edited by A. J. Podlecki

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ISBN: 9780856684722

Publication: October 25, 2005

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The play's title figure has long held a central place in the 'libertarian' stream of Western culture, but controversies continue to swirl about the work and its hero. What are we to make of Prometheus's extravagant claims? Was he, as he insists, the only force that stood between the human race and extinction? Can Zeus really have been as misanthropic as his adversary paints him? Are we, in short, to think of Prometheus as a genuine hero, or merely as a megalomaniac rebel without sufficient cause? As for the play itself, the present editor, flying in the face of current orthodoxy, takes the view that the case against Aeschylean authorship has not been established. But this lingering doubt should do nothing to diminish its stature as a masterpiece of ancient Greek drama.

Editor's Preface Introduction 1. Prometheus, Bringer-of-fire 2. Prometheus in archaic Greece 3. Associated myths 4. Near Eastern parallels 5. Prometheus in fifth-century cult 6. Prometheus philanthropes: the fifth-century idea of progress 7. The Prometheus Bound in its trilogy; possible sequels 8. The "Problem" of Zeus 9. Prometheus in ancient Greek art 10. True Promethean fire 11. The Text of Prometheus Bound Symbols in the Apparatus Criticus Greek Text (with Apparatus) and facing Translation Commentary Appendices 1. The Authenticity of Prometheus Bound 2. The Geography of Prometheus Bound Bibliography and Abbreviations

The Introduction is worth the price of the book on its own. But the Commentary too is superb...every school and University Classics Department should purchase at least one copy."

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 149 mm

240 Pages

ISBN: 9780856684722

Publication: October 25, 2005

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