Though it tells the stories of the defeated, Prometheus Bound and Other Plays features four tragedies that depict both unfortunate demises and the essence of the fighting human spirit. The Suppliants, the first play of the collection, follows the daughters of Danaus as they flee from the loveless marriages that had been forced upon them. The Persians, perhaps the oldest surviving play in existence, portrays the defeat of the Persian King Xeroxes. Though written by a Greek man who fought in the Persian war, The Persians displays a surprisingly sympathetic view of the opposing army. Next in the collection is Seven Against Thebes, which follows the battle between two brothers for the throne of Thebes. After the banishment of Oedipus, Eteocles and Adrastus, the two brothers, engaged in an epic war, fulfilling the tragic curse of the Oedipus family. The title tragedy in Prometheus Bound and Other Plays, Prometheus Bound, tells the tale of the downfall of the titian Prometheus. Before Prometheus, mankind had no advantage over the gods that ruled the heavens and Earth. Humans were forced to cower in the cold darkness, plagued by ignorance until Prometheus took pity on them. With heroic intentions, Prometheus stole fire and knowledge from Olympus and gave it to mankind. Though he brought light, warmth, and understanding to Earth, Zeus was outraged, and so began Prometheus’ punishment.
Featuring the oldest surviving play, legendary myths, epic battles, and humanist perspectives, Prometheus Bound and Other Plays by Aeschylus is a classic tragedy that exemplifies empathy and the human spirit even in its tales of defeat. Written by the father of tragedy, this collection is a privileged possession.
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About the Author
Aeschylus (c.525-455 B.C) was an ancient Greek playwright and solider. Scholars’ knowledge of the tragedy genre begins with Aeschylus’ work, and because of this, he is dubbed the “father of tragedy”. Aeschylus claimed his inspiration to become a writer stemmed from a dream he had in which the god Dionysus encouraged him to write a play. While it is estimated that he wrote just under one hundred plays, only seven of Aeschylus’ work was able to be recovered.
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