Overview

"Myths and legends of this rebellious god, who defied Zeus to steal fire for mankind, thrive in art and literature from ancient Greece to the present day. Prometheus' gifts to mortals of the raw materials of culture and technological advancement, along with the curse of despair that followed the enlightenment of humankind, have formed the basis of a poetic and powerful embodiment of the human condition." "Seeking to locate the nature of the compelling tale's continuing relevance throughout history, Carol Dougherty traces a history of the myth ...
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Prometheus

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Overview

"Myths and legends of this rebellious god, who defied Zeus to steal fire for mankind, thrive in art and literature from ancient Greece to the present day. Prometheus' gifts to mortals of the raw materials of culture and technological advancement, along with the curse of despair that followed the enlightenment of humankind, have formed the basis of a poetic and powerful embodiment of the human condition." "Seeking to locate the nature of the compelling tale's continuing relevance throughout history, Carol Dougherty traces a history of the myth from its origins in ancient Greece to its resurgence in the works of the Romantic age and beyond. A Prometheus emerges who was a rebel against Zeus's tyranny to Aeschylus, a defender of political and artistic integrity to Shelley, and a symbol of technological innovation during the industrial revolution, his resilience and adaptability illuminating his power and importance in Western culture." This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the Prometheus myth, emphasising the vitality and flexibility of his myth in a variety of historical, literary, and artistic contexts of the ancient Greeks, the Romantics, and twentieth-century English poet, Tony Harrison. It is an essential introduction to the Promethean myth for readers interested in classics, the arts and literature alike.
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'[Prometheus] is perhaps the hardest figure ... to get a purchase on, but Carol Dougherty admirably describes his infinite variety.' - The Anglo-Hellenic Review

"An excellent starting point for further research on the subject."-Oxford Bibliographies Online

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134347513
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Why Prometheus? 1
Introducing Prometheus 3
1 The trickster : Hesiod's Prometheus 27
2 The cult of Prometheus at Athens 46
3 Political rebel and cultural hero : Prometheus in Athenian literature 65
4 The romantic Prometheus 91
5 Prometheus in the contemporary age 116
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