Prometheus Bound

Prometheus Bound

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by Aeschylus
     
 

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One of the greatest of the classical Greek dramas, based on the Greek legend of the Titan demi-god who, against the will of Zeus, stole fire from the gods for the benefit of man. His terrible punishment by Zeus, and his continuing defiance of Zeus in the face of that punishment, remain universal symbols of man's vulnerability in any struggle with the gods. Reprinted…  See more details below

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One of the greatest of the classical Greek dramas, based on the Greek legend of the Titan demi-god who, against the will of Zeus, stole fire from the gods for the benefit of man. His terrible punishment by Zeus, and his continuing defiance of Zeus in the face of that punishment, remain universal symbols of man's vulnerability in any struggle with the gods. Reprinted from a standard translation.

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“Prometheus’s rebellion is the rebellion of life against inertia, of mercy and love against tyranny, of humanity against cruelty and arbitrary violence.” —Thomas Merton

“Joel Agee has found exciting ways to vivify the speeches with apparently scrupulous fidelity to sound. In this English, the poetry slashes like modern verse and the direct address boasts a blunt immediacy that exhorts us to consider our own issues with the State, with individualism and obedience, with the larger consequences of war and despoilment. It blows away the dated rhetoric of such predecessors as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Lowell.” —Myron Meisel, The Hollywood Reporter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603841900
Publisher:
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
97
Sales rank:
903,387
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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Seth L. Schein
“This is the best Prometheus Bound in English. Deborah Roberts’ translation is accurate, readable, and true to the original in idiom, imagery, and the combination of a high style with occasional colloquialism. The informative notes and perceptive Introduction will help readers to experience the play with heightened pleasure and understanding. ”
—Seth L. Schein, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis

Rachel Hadas
”This is an outstandingly useful edition of Prometheus Bound. The translation is both faithful and graceful, and the introduction to this difficult play is a model of clarity, intelligence, and a profound familiarity with the workings of Greek myth, Greek literature, and literature in general. ”
—Rachel Hadas, Department of English, Rutgers University

Meet the Author

Aeschylus (525 bc–456 bc), the first of ancient Greece’s major dramatists, is considered the father of Greek tragedy. He is said to have been the author of as many as ninety plays, of which seven survive.

Joel Agee is a writer and translator. He has received several prizes, including the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin in 2008 and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize for his translation of Heinrich von Kleist’s verse play Penthesilea. He is the author of two memoirs—Twelve Years: An American Boyhood in East Germany and, more recently, In the House of My Fear. His translation of Prometheus Bound was produced at the Getty Villa in 2013. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Prometheus Bound 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best play I have ever read, and I have read many, and even written a few. The Greek gods/goddesses were barbaric, and it is ironic that Prometheus, who created man and stole fire for him preceded these unjust tyrants, as tradition indicated that with succeeding generations, the gods became more civilized. Hephaestus regretted his orders to chain Prometheus and drive a through his heart to the rock, but performed the instructions of Zeus anyway. Prometheus provides, here, a clear indication of Christian values, and one wonders if the Muslim/Christian/Jewish God might use Prometheus as an alias.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ari skipped inside cheerfully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He watched te lake roll underneath the dark cloudy skies, anticipating the coming rain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uh hi...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yang im locked out of all the results
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks around
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walks out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She frowns, and says, "oohkay... sorry if i offended you..." she skipped over to Haunted, her Ginger tail flicking back and forth. She said, "hi! Im Eve!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The name's Zero...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She curled up, yawning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watches everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He makes a notion with his hands and leaves to his study, his tail lashing about violently.