Prometheus Bound and Other Plays
The Suppliants; Seven Against Thebes; The Persians
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Prometheus Bound and Other Plays by Aeschylus
Book DescriptionAeschylus (525-456 BC) brought a new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art. In "Prometheus Bound", the defiant Titan Prometheus is brutally punished by Zeus for daring to improve the state of wretchedness and servitude in which mankind is kept. "The Suppliants" tells the story of the fifty daughters of Danaus who must flee to escape enforced marriages, while "Seven Against Thebes" shows the inexorable downfall of the last members of the cursed family of Oedipus. And "The Persians", the only Greek tragedy to deal with events from recent Athenian history, depicts the aftermath of the defeat of Persia in the battle of Salamis, with a sympathetic portrayal of its disgraced King Xerxes. Philip Vellacott's evocative translation is accompanied by an introduction, with individual discussions of the plays, and their sources in history and mythology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140441123
(198mm x 129mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Jun-1973
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Aeschylus
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Titan Prometheus is shackled and impaled to a rock in the Caucasus. This is his punishment not only for the gift of fire to humankind but for thwarting Zeus's decision to exterminate the human race.
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Author Biography - Aeschylus
Aeschylus was born of noble family near Athens in 525 BC. He took part in the Persian Wars, adn his epitahp represents him as fighting at Marathon. He wrote more than seventy plays, of which only seven have survived.
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