Prometheus Bound

Prometheus Bound

Paperback Aris & Phillips Classical Texts (Paperback) Language: English / Greek, Modern (1453-)

By (author) Aeschylus, Commentaries by A.J. Podlecki

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  • Publisher: Aris & Phillips Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Language: English / Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 210mm x 15mm | 345g
  • Publication date: 25 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Warminster
  • ISBN 10: 0856684724
  • ISBN 13: 9780856684722
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 797,189

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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.

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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."--Robert Tatam"JACT Review" (01/01/2006)