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Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
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Nov 12, 10

bookshelves: fiction, 2010, plays, classical-studies, favorites
Read from November 09 to 10, 2010

This is easily my favorite Greek play so far. Part of me has always been attracted to the story of Prometheus, which, I believe, is part of the reason why I'm so attracted to the classics. Why it took me so long to finally read it, I don't know.

This play is not normal for the modern audience, since the focus is on the characters (namely Prometheus) and not on action. Action wise, nothing really happens. It's a play the revels who Prometheus is through his conversations with various passers-by. And what a character he is.

Prometheus is quite the rebel, with a non-submissive personality. He'd rather suffer for the decision he made than say he was wrong, In fact, he says quite the opposite at the end: "I was wronged". I'm reading the play from Edith Hamilton's Three Greek Plays and in her introduction, she states that "his body is helplessly imprisoned, but his spirit is free". He just keeps on fighting. It's a huge loss that we don't have the last two part of this trilogy.

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