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Prometheus Bound
Prometheus Bound | Aeschylus
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For readers accustomed to the relatively undramatic standard translations of Prometheus Bound, this version by James Scully, a poet and winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize, and C. John Herington, one of the world's foremost Aeschylean scholars, will come as a revelation. Scully and Herington accentuate the play's true power, drama, and relevance to modern times. Aeschylus originally wrote Prometheus Bound as part of a tragic trilogy, and this translation is unique in including the extant fragments of the companion plays.
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batsy
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This is another one of those plays where there was most likely another one after it (Prometheus Unbound) & there also seems to be some quibbling about the authorship. I wish there was a follow up! This is such a strange, powerful play where nothing happens & everything is bound up in the force of character & charisma of Prometheus, chained to the craggy rocks for the crime of defying Zeus & "loving humans too much" by giving them the gift of fire.

batsy The rocks, the wind, the waves of the ocean, the beating of wings, & the scent of the sea: it's all very elemental & incredibly vivid. Prometheus states his case convincingly: "all human arts come from Prometheus". He has some great lines: "For humans in the beginning had eyes but saw to no purpose; they had ears but did not hear. Like the shapes of dreams they dragged through their long lives and muddled everything haphazardly." I loved it. 8mo
batsy I read the version translated by David Grene. Painting by Theodoor Rombouts (Antwerpen, 1597-1637 CE). 8mo
DivineDiana Great review. Disturbing painting. Pondering the quote. Excellent post! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 8mo
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KathyWheeler I have seen that painting so often but never looked to see who the artist was. Thanks. Love your review. 8mo
BiblioLitten Superb review. This is the only book I read by Aeschylus. The painting captures the drama so well. 8mo
batsy @DivineDiana @KathyWheeler @BiblioLitten Thank you! I love the painting too, and it captures the essence of the play so well. 8mo
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batsy
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Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead !

1. This is a tough one 😂 Top of the TBR in terms of books I'd love to buy? ... Heh. Assembly by Natasha Brown & Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett.

2. No. I'll get to it, though! Give or take a decade.

3. Aeschylus's play Prometheus Bound, KJ Charles's Subtle Blood (sad to see the end of the trilogy!) as well as Two Gentlemen of Verona for #ShakespeareReadAlong & Rilke's poems.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

merelybookish Haha to buy and to read...not the same thing. 😀 8mo
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SerenaCrawford
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First time reading. Great mythology story.

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wordzie
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The tragedy of Prometheus being bound to a rock by Zeus via Haphaestus for his love of mankind. The play is short and takes place in a single setting, the rock where Prometheus has been bound. Friends visit and share in his commiseration. Very profound. The story induces a strong sadness for the god who is punished for thwarting the destruction of humanity and gifting them with fire 🔥 and other things the gods deem humans unworthy of. 💝
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Crazeedi Got your sweet card! A return note being sent monday!! #litsylove 💜 4y
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wordzie
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wordzie
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How easy for one who fares in pleasant ways to admonish those in adversity.

For sorrow flitteth now to one and now to another, and visiteth each in his turn.

#quotsyMar19 #truthofitall

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GoneFishing
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For somehow this is tyranny's disease, to trust no friends.

Mr.Croup Appropriate 6y
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GoneFishing
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For it would be better to die once and for all than to suffer pain for all one's life.

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