Prometheus Bound

Prometheus Bound and Other Plays

Prometheus Bound, The Suppliants, Seven Against Thebes, The Persians
Reading Year: 2024
Book # 12
Great Books
Pages: 152
Translation by Philip Vellacott
Version: Penguin Classics
Year: 458BC
Date Started: May 2, 2024
Date Finished: May 5, 2024
6h 6m 46s

My Thoughts

I absolutely loved Seven Against Thebes. There is so much going on – curses, justice, war, brother against brother, honor, fear, death.

Prometheus Bound is the story of Prometheus blessing mankind with fire and hope. He pays a dear price for doing so.

The Suppliants asks the question of what will win in the end – Ares (force) or the Aeropagus (words, law, justice).

The Persians was an interesting play knowing that Aeschylus took part in the Persian Wars. This imagining of what took place at the Persian court upon the epic loss in the war must have made for some self-righteous feel good for the Greek audience.

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