Prometheus Bound and Other Plays

Prometheus Bound and Other Plays The first of the great Greek Tragedians Aeschylus wrote a large number of plays of which seven survive Of the four included in this volume The Persians is unique in Greek tragedy in having as its s

The first of the great Greek Tragedians, Aeschylus wrote a large number of plays, of which seven survive Of the four included in this volume, The Persians is unique in Greek tragedy in having as its subject matter a recent historical event, the defeat of the Persians at the famous battle of Salamis The other three, Prometheus, The Suppliants and Seven Against Thebes, werThe first of the great Greek Tragedians, Aeschylus wrote a large number of plays, of which seven survive Of the four included in this volume, The Persians is unique in Greek tragedy in having as its subject matter a recent historical event, the defeat of the Persians at the famous battle of Salamis The other three, Prometheus, The Suppliants and Seven Against Thebes, were all written as parts of trilogies and take their themes from Greek legend, but in each Aeschylus interpretation reflects the new morality of classical Athens Thus, in Seven Against Thebes the fate of the two main figures, Eteocles and Polyneices, is not entirely controlled by the gods, for Eteocles is free to choose whether or not he should fight his brother And in Prometheus and The Suppliants Aeschylus shows that although the struggle of reason against violence can never be an easy one, it is reason that is the proper principle of civilized life.

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Prometheus Bound and Other Plays

  1. Aeschylus 525 BC 456 BC squilo in Portuguese, Esquilo in Spanish was an ancient Greek playwright He is often recognized as the father or the founder of tragedy, and is the earliest of the three Greek tragedians whose plays survive extant, the others being Sophocles and Euripides According to Aristotle, he expanded the number of characters in plays to allow for conflict among them previously, characters interacted only with the chorus Unfortunately, only seven of an estimated 70 plays by Aeschylus have survived into modern times one of these plays, Prometheus Bound, is sometimes thought not to be the work of Aeschylus.At least one of Aeschylus works was influenced by the Persian invasion of Greece, which took place during his lifetime His play The Persians remains a good primary source of information about this period in Greek history The war was so important to Greeks and to Aeschylus himself that, upon his death around 456 BC, his epitaph included a reference to his participation in the Greek victory at Marathon but not to his success as a playwright.There are no reliable sources for the life of Aeschylus He was said to have been born in c 525 in Eleusis, a small town about 27 kilometers northwest of Athens, which is nestled in the fertile valleys of western Attica, though the date is most likely based on counting back forty years from his first victory in the Great Dionysia His family was both wealthy and well established his father Euphorion was a member of the Eupatridae, the ancient nobility of Attica As a youth, he worked at a vineyard until, according to the 2nd century AD geographer Pausanias, the god Dionysus visited him in his sleep and commanded him to turn his attention to the nascent art of tragedy As soon as he woke from the dream, the young Aeschylus began writing a tragedy, and his first performance took place in 499 BC, when he was only 26 years old After fifteen years, his skill was great enough to win a prize for his plays at Athens annual city Dionysia playwriting competition But in the interim, his dramatic career was interrupted by war The armies of the Persian Empire, which had already conquered the Greek city states of Ionia, entered mainland Greece in the hopes of conquering it as well.In 490 BC, Aeschylus and his brother Cynegeirus fought to defend Athens against Darius s invading Persian army at the Battle of Marathon The Athenians, though outnumbered, encircled and slaughtered the Persian army This pivotal defeat ended the first Persian invasion of Greece proper and was celebrated across the city states of Greece Though Athens was victorious, Cynegeirus died in the battle Aeschylus continued to write plays during the lull between the first and second Persian invasions of Greece, and won his first victory at the city Dionysia in 484 BC In 480 he was called into military service again, this time against Xerxes invading forces at the Battle of Salamis This naval battle holds a prominent place in The Persians, his oldest surviving play, which was performed in 472 BC and won first prize at the Dionysia.Aeschylus was one of many Greeks who had been initiated into the Eleusinian Mysteries, a cult to Demeter based in his hometown of Eleusis As the name implies, members of the cult were supposed to have gained some sort of mystical, secret knowledge Firm details of the Mysteries specific rites are sparse, as members were sworn under the penalty of death not to reveal anything about the Mysteries to non initiates Nevertheless, according to Aristotle it was alleged that Aeschylus had placed clues about the secret rites in his seventh tragedy, Prometheus Bound According to some sources, an angry mob tried to kill Aeschylus on the spot, but he fled the scene When he stood trial for his offense, Aeschylus pleaded ignorance and was only spared because of his brave service in the Persian Wars.Aeschylus traveled to Sicily once or twice in the 470s BC, having

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  1. I recommend that you look at Terence s review at review show , but I would like to add some remarks to his.Amongst these plays I much preferred The Persians It opens with the elderly councilors to Xerxes who remained behind in Susa They recall the pride and confidence with which the Persian army set forth but now are filled with foreboding and anxiety at the lack of news of victory The tension between these emotions is very well drawn The sense of foreboding is heightened when Xerxes mother arri [...]

  2. Having recently read Caroline Alexander s The War That Killed Achilles The True Story of Homer s Iliad and the Trojan War, a wild hare came into my head to read Aeschylus Persians, which was mentioned in some connection with the book My exposure to Greek playwrights is limited In my infamous graduate school days, my exposure to Greek authors comprised the historians and relatively obscure Byzantine chroniclers I had done little reading much less serious reading of the literature.As my ancient Gr [...]

  3. Though I ve already written a review in Romanian for Prometheus Bound, it would have been strange if I didn t write something about the entire volume that includes four of Aeschylus tragedies The Suppliant Maidens, The Persians, The Seven Against Thebes and Prometheus Bound.What you need to know about Aeschylus is that he is one of the three emblematic figures of Greek tragedy along with Sophocles and Euripides It is said that Aeschylus wrote around one hundred plays during his lifetime, but onl [...]

  4. 34 Aeschylus, 2 The Persians, Seven Against Thebes, The Suppliants, Prometheus Bound by AeschylusPenn Greek Drama Series edited by David R Slavitt Palmer Boviepublished 1999format 205 page paperbackacquired May 30 read Jun 6 9rating 4 starsEach play had a different translator The Persians 472 bce translated by David R SlavittSeven Against Thebes 467 bce translated by Stephen SandyThe Suppliants 463 bce translated by Gail Holst WarhaftPrometheus Bound date unknown, authorship contested translated [...]

  5. Prometheus Bound I really enjoyed being thrown back to high school and remembering Io the cow and all the crazy stories of the Greek gods In this short play, Prometheus, who gave humans the gift of fire, is condemned to being chained to a mountain for having done so because Zeus doesn t approve Io shows up and her reveals to her that she still has a long way before she will eventually conceive a child from Zeus The Suppliants In this one the fifty daughters of Danaus some descendant of Zeus and [...]

  6. See four plays are all really fragments as they portions of larger cycles dealing the same characters or themes Imagine sitting down to read Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings and having only Volume 3 available Or only being able to watch Attack of the Clones but knowing five other Star Wars films once existed Frustrating Like the lost plays of William Shakespeare, the plays contained in this slim volume only tease us with what the completed stories might have authored These are good examples of di [...]

  7. Unlike his successor Sophocles, Aeschylus is extremely difficult on the modern reader He is our earliest surviving example of drama, and this clearly shows This is theater at its most primitive state Undeveloped, with much growing up to do Aeschylus wrote about seventy plays, of which only six and one s authorship being disputed now survive Only one of his trilogies remain, The Oresteia, and three of his plays were part of trilogies that are now lost The Persians is a historical curiosity for be [...]

  8. These plays are a mixed bag in a certain sense as the evolution of drama was still in its infancy, waiting to bloom into the full flower of Euripidean drama in my opinion Persians has no plot Seven Against Thebes is plodding, and the Suppliants, like Prometheus Bound, is only the first part of a trilogy whose second and third parts are lost Mueller brings these to vivid life, however, in a much complete way than any other translators I ve read, and the plays are still, by any standard, essentia [...]

  9. As theater goes I have read nothing of higher caliber than this Prometheus Bound especially stirs great emotion in the reader and would be amazing to see live The conversations with the Ocean, the nature of the gods, mans relation to fire It is all very poetic and lovely It was a sheer pleasure to read these works of Aeschylus.

  10. recensione sul blog thereadingpal 2018Sto cercando di recuperare la lettura di classici greci e latini, per piacere personale Purtroppo mi manca la conoscenza sia del greco antico che del latino, entrambe lingue che dovrei imparare Questa volta toccato ad alcune opere di Eschilo.La mia una copia vecchissima, tanto che ha il prezzo in lire, ma sia l introduzione che la traduzione sono state scritte dalle stesse persone della nuova versione.Consiglio di non saltare la parte introduttiva io, preson [...]

  11. How does one approach reviewing Aeschylus or any of the classics One is dealing with a work which is thousands of years old and in and of itself a piece of history Add to that problem that for most of us, there is no choice but to read translations of the work, rather than the original In addition, there are only a few works remaining from only three sources unless the authorship has been incorrectly given , so one is left to compare Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles, and given that Aeschylus [...]

  12. I bought this book because we were going to see a production of the Persians and wanted to be familiar with the story I did like it a lot This translation seemed really good, you could really hear the beauty and the despair of the ancient words It was interesting reading a play that was how terrible things were for the enemey Were the Greeks boasting or just showing compassion I enjoyed the Persians immensly, a lot of woe, a strong woman queen, and a ghost My favourite things The next play Seven [...]

  13. Primo approccio con i testi greci antichi, nello specifico qui, le tragedie o come dicono all origine delle tragedie greche antiche, di Eschilo.Parliamo di 2500 anni fa circa, dove le opere di Eschilo hanno avuto vita dura, dal 470 a.C circa, cio la data in cui sono state scritte, fino al I secolo d.C sono state soggette a studio da parte dei filosofi dell epoca, poi il buio fino al XVIII secolo d.C dove han ripreso vita, ma purtroppo ad oggi ci sono pervenute circa il 7% delle sue opere, quelle [...]

  14. It s a shame three of these four plays are all part one of separate trilogies of which the other parts have been lost This makes the plays seem somewhat dull and incomplete, but are certainly not terrible They are simply lacking in when it comes to plot If you compare them to the first play in the one trilogy of Aeschylus which is still intact Oresteia , it is similarly slow moving and would be fairly dull if taken by itself The other two plays in Oresteia develop the story gradually and the fin [...]

  15. Very quick, very light to read Of course, Greek mythology often is I m studying this book as a part of my university course in English, called The Tragedy of Knowledge And what is there to be derived from the tale of Prometheus Perhaps, the very cliche conclusion that knowledge is might However, some would say, Prometheus is far from mighty strapped with chains on a rock, doomed to be tortured in the worst way possible for eons to come God of knowledge, the benefactor of man kind, sharing his kn [...]

  16. A couple of the plays in this edition are included simply because they are a few of the seven surviving plays of Aeschylus All are part of trilogies where the other two parts are lost Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes are quality depictions of the stories of the god who suffered for bringing the light of knowledge to humanity and the fatal confrontation of Polyneices and Eteocles, sons of Oedipus, for control of Thebes The Persians is a contemporary depiction of the recent triumph over X [...]

  17. The plays of Aeschylus, perhaps than any other Greek playwright, are both wonderful demonstrations of the ancient Greek worldview and of the desires within the souls of the ancient Greeks that something greater than this worldview must someday triumph Again and again, Aeschylus exhibits the desire for a time when love will triumph over justice and when the cruel tyranny of the gods will be replaced by a reign of benevolence In this volume, Prometheus Bound, the final of the four plays featured, [...]

  18. Aeschylus in the editorial hands of Grene and Latti is stunning The language is some of the most gripping I have read In its juxtaposition of the divine and earthly, both in terms of individuals and themes, Aeschylus brings the glory of Greek Mythology to full fruition This attention to balance, between characters when they argue and their rhetoric is always beautifully eloquent, with the ultimate aim being Modesty and in plot brother against brother, war in general, brings about a wonderful sen [...]

  19. Quality Rating Four StarsEnjoyment Rating Three StarsI definitely preferred Prometheus Bound and The Persians to the other plays in this collection Divine intervention is always interesting for me, but even the plays I didn t like so much were still written very well There s a level of eloquence classical writers are known for that you really don t find these days, and I think Aeschylus demonstrates this perfectly I m definitely enjoying studying this over some of the other texts, and I think i [...]

  20. Four for Prometheus Bound, which was excellent and chill inducing on a level not felt in a long while I am not sure I love Seth G Benardete s translation style choppy and grand Introductions in this volume were stellar and hugely enriched my enjoyment of the plays, particularly the forewords for Prometheus Bound and The Persians.

  21. Review to come First two Suppliants boring Persians good Last two Seven Against very good Prometheus incredible shattering vital.

  22. Prometheus dared, and suffered for it, and therefore his story speaks to every single person who has dared and suffered The Athenian playwright Aeschylus told well the story of Prometheus transgression and torment back around 430 B.C and as this Penguin Books edition of four of Aeschylus plays demonstrates, the same themes that predominate in Prometheus Bound can also be found in other Aeschylean plays such as The Seven Against Thebes, The Suppliants, and The Persians.Prometheus Bound starts off [...]

  23. Aeschylus is the father of tragedy Of his estimated 92 plays, only six confirmed works have survived to the present day with another possible, Prometheus Bound, whose authorship is now uncertain, but once was credited to Aeschylus Of these six, the earliest is The Persians, a notable play in that it is the only extant Greek tragedy based on contemporary events, though he was not the first to do so.In 480 BCE the Battle of Salamis ripped through the strait between Piraeus and Salamis Island The G [...]

  24. The Suppliant MaidensIt s difficult to read this one in a historical context, without retreating to modern sensibilities I understand that it s theorized that the entire trilogy is really about a justification for contemporary marriage laws, and like The Orestia, things turn bloody and a deity ends up going to bat for their follower But reading The Suppliant Maidens by itself, without putting it in historical and literary perspective, but within the context of modern headlines, it s easy to thin [...]

  25. I m considering teaching the Suppliant Women next year and this translation by Seth Benardete I think would be much too hard for my students to understand Part of that is the aesthetics of Aeschylus, of course, and I found it readable myself but I know the students would not agree It has a lot of poetic language that wouldn t appeal.The edition itself is nicely presented this is the Chicago series ed by Grene and Latti , and the introduction I thought was good.This would work well with college s [...]

  26. Having read the Oresteia , I was compelled to read from the great playwright that is Aeschylus There is always something profound to be learnt from these plays, however old they are they are not antiquated, not only of the Greek perception of the World in those times and of their theatre and performance techniques but also due to certain similarities that in my opinion exist between their developing times and ours.1 The Suppliant Maidens This play has been defined as an international play, for [...]

  27. I read this for comparison with the new translation by Bryan Doerries I found this one to be classic and the Doerries relevant to life today no surprise.

  28. It s hard to give an overall review on this, as it s a collection of plays from antiquity where most of the surrounding context is lost Aeschylus plays were usually in trilogies and with only one part of a trilogy intact, it makes it hard to appreciate certain aspects of these plays You can tell that Aeschylus tried to push the envelope, and come up with new technique for what was a relatively new medium at the time From reading the introduction by the translator Philip Velacott, I get the stron [...]

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