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Prometheus Bound (Greek Tragedy in New Translations)

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Aeschylus based his epic drama on the legendary tale of Prometheus, the Titan who stole fire from the gods for the benefit of humanity. Prometheus's terrible punishment remains a universal symbol of human vulnerability in any struggle with the gods, and this ancient play continues to entrance audiences with its timeless appeal.

Hardcover, 117 pages
Published June 26th 1975 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published -480)
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Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, mythology
“Your speech is pompous sounding, full of pride, as fits the lackey of the Gods. You are young and young your rule and you think the tower in which you live is free from sorrow: from it have I not seen two tyrants thrown? The third, who now is king, I shall yet live to see him fall, of all three most suddenly, most dishonored. Do you think I will crouch before your Gods, -so new-and tremble? I am far from that.”

This is one of my favorite Greek tragedies, and I daresay one of my favorite plays
Bookdragon Sean
Zeus is such a tyrant; he just wanted to keep all that power to himself. So when the noble hearted Prometheus gave a little bit of it to man, Zeus was rather angry; thus, he punishes Prometheus rather severely: he is chained to rock where an eagle eats his liver, only for it to grow back overnight for the next day’s feed. This is perpetually repeated.

But what of Prometheus’s reasons. Why did he give man fire?

He did it because he saw that man needed it. It wasn’t the simple reckless theft as Zeu
Luís C.
... By the immutable hugs steel chains, nails that Saviour of men at these high steep rocks. He stole from the splendor of Fire which creates all, your flower, and he gave it to mortals. Chastises him for having insulted the gods. He may learn to revere the tyranny of Zeus, and he is careful to be kind to men (...) it is the fruit of your love for men. Being a God, you do not fear the wrath of the gods. You made the Living too large donations. For that, on this gloomy rock standing without bendi ...more
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Prometheus: someone who thinks forward.

Prometheus Bound is a play based on the Greek Mythology. Prometheus, a titan (immortal), a descendant of original gods, Gaia and Ouranos (Earth and Heaven), is being imprisoned, chained and punished to death by Zeus (Olympus God) for being kind to human beings! For making them capable and giving a head to think for themselves and nature, to give them a power to become equal to Gods.

He stole fire from Olympus.
He gave fire to men.

He stopped men thinking of th
Ahmad Sharabiani
Προμηθεύς Δεσμώτης = Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus
Prometheus Bound (Ancient Greek: Promētheus Desmōtēs) is an Ancient Greek tragedy. In antiquity, it was attributed to Aeschylus, but now is considered by some scholars to be the work of another hand, and perhaps one as late as c. 430 BC. Despite these doubts of authorship, the play's designation as Aeschylean has remained conventional. The tragedy is based on the myth of Prometheus, a Titan who defies the gods and gives fire to mankind, acts for wh
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
I'm shocked to see that only one of my Goodreads friends has read this play. This is my favorite work of ancient Greek literature. The story has some pretty deep meaning. It's really the inverse of the Fall From Grace. Instead of the human desire for knowledge resulting in the perverse punishment of Original Sin as issued by that sadistic toddler running the show in the Old Testament, we find a tale of heroic sacrifice which results in the illuminating powers of reason and curiosity being bestow ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology, greek-lit

Bound to a rock, Prometheus claims for help and understanding; for how long?... imprisoned.

He’s alone. Someone has locked his feet and hands. He implores the Divine Ether, the winds …mother Earth, the Sun: “look at the suffering imposed upon a god”.

He gets an explanation from the Oceanides who inform him that the Olympus has new rulers; Zeus' laws are absolute; there’s no forgiveness for the deeds of Prometheus, who, once brought to humanity the divine fire: all arts' knowledge.

Zeus, now is t
This is probably the best and most classic telling of Prometheus, from his giving fire to man from the noblest of reasons to how horribly and seemingly unjustly that Zeus punishes him.

All arts and tools come from Prometheus, after all, and he should always be considered the greatest of all friends of mankind even though he is a titan.

However, he's also the one that pushed us to improve our intellect in the same way he did for himself, and in doing so, he brought harm upon himself. See a trend?
Teresa Proença
Prometeu (O Filantropo) roubou o fogo aos deuses e entregou-o aos homens. Além do fogo, "insuflou-lhes cegas esperanças" - para que deixassem de se preocupar com a morte - e ensinou-lhes as artes para que evoluíssem. Zeus, furioso, condenou o Titã a ser acorrentado a um rochedo, enquanto uma águia lhe devorava o fígado, que se renovava constantemente. É libertado, por Hércules, ao fim de trinta milénios.

"Lamento-te, Prometeu,
Pela tua sorte maldita,
E dos meus olhos ternos
Deixo correr
Torrentes de
Tiffany Reisz
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still quite riveting for a story written 2500 years ago!
Nothing happens! More than any other work of literature I've ever read, Prometheus Bound is the play where nothing happens. Even in Waiting for Godot, the characters at least move around a little. But poor Prometheus spends the entire play spiked to a rock.

But it's terrific anyway.

This is Karl Marx's favorite play, and you'll understand why. Prometheus is a proletariat hero: when he sides against the gods and with humanity, he's going with the Revolution. It's not just fire he gives them, eithe
نقد روز
در این نمایشنامه، زئوس یک ظالم مطلق به تصویر کشیده می شود. چرا که او اعتقادی به قوانین حاکم بر دوستی ندارد و اصلا مفاهیمی همچون دوستی، عشق یا هم دردی را درک نمی کند. با وجود این که پرومته یکی از عوامل مهم پیروزی زئوس بر علیه تایتان ها است، باز هم زئوس او را تنبیه می کند. این تنبیه از نظر مخاطب بسیار شنیع به نظر می آید، نه به خاطر این که خود تنبیه بسیار بی رحمانه است، بلکه به این خاطر که این تنبیه بر شخصی تحمیل می شود که از دوستان زئوس بوده است. آیسخولوس در طول نمایشنامه با ارجاع های مختلف به دوس ...more
Sinem A.
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
mitoloji okuyunca dünyanın özünü özetini yutmuş gibi bi his oluyo.. kitaba gelirsek elbette öykü başkaldırı olunca keyifli ve heyecanlı bir de Heseidos tan ve Gothe den alıntılarla çok daha gğzel olmuş meraklısına..
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some books you read because you want to become absorbed in a great story. Or you want to look deeper at the meaning of life, considering your place in humanity.

Then some books you pick up because they're short and fill a gap, or tick off a list of books to read.

I'll leave you to consider which is the more rewarding way of doing things.
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
eski yunan tragedyalari okumak gibisi yok.
Francisco H. González
Esta tragedia de Esquilo tiene como personaje principal a Prometeo, aquel Titán que robó el fuego a los dioses para dárselo a los humanos. Un fuego que es metáfora de las artes, de la razón en definitiva, de todo aquello que le permitió al hombre, salir de la oscuridad, dejar las grutas y progresar en pos de la civilización.

A Prometeo, Zeus se la tiene jurada y lo castiga confinándolo a una recóndita región Caucásica, aherrojándolo a una roca. El caso es que Prometeo, se mantiene en sus trece,
Sue K H
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. In this play, Prometheus is the kind God who gives fire, language, mathematics, Agriculture, medicine and many other gifts to mankind. He values intellect and friendship and has the power of prophesy. Zeus is the kind of God who rules with brutality and has no true friends. Besides being brutal, he's paranoid and uncaring. Zeus aims his wrath a Prometheus because of the gifts he gave to humans.

There is no real action in this play, it's all speeches about what happened or what will h
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yunan Tragedyaları, Antik klasikler, Tiyatro okuru, genel okur
"Şeref paylarını ölümlülere vermekle
Kurulu düzeni çiğnemiş oldun"

Malum olduğu üzere, ateş ilkel dönemden beri insançocuğunun kafasını her zaman karıştıran gizemli bir güçtür. Bazı kaynaklarda Homo Sapiens'in büyük göç harekatında silah olarak kullandığından bahsedilen ateşin; tek tanrılı dinlerde de karşımıza kimi zaman ceza;

"Ve kafirler için hazırlanmış olan ateşten sakının." (Kur'an; 3:131)

Kimi zaman ise Tanrı'nın vahiy aracı olarak çıkmaktadır.
"Ve Rabb'in meleği, bir çalıdan yükselen
Pooya Kiani
یک تراژدی جهانشناسانه که آیسخولوس با مختصری دستکاری (با بار دراماتیک و جهانشناختی بالا) در یک قصهی پیشاپیش شناخته شده به تحریر درآورده.
نبرد پرومته (ارائهکنندهی دانش و ابزار، و نگهبان ارزش قلب انسان) با زئوس (خودکامهی تازهبرکارآمدهی خدایان و جهان) بر سر مسیری که حکومت جهان باید طی کنه.
تصویری درامنویسی شده، از به کنترل درآوردن مونارشها توسط تعقل و دموکراسی آتنی.

مقدمهی بینظیر شاهرخ مسکوب از خوندن خود اثر جذابیت بیشتری برای من داشت. نشر فرهنگ جاوید.

ترجمهی عبدالله کوثری رو نخوندهم.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hep duyarız Prometheus'un tanrılara karşı gelip ateşi insanlara verdiğini. Hikayesi burada.
Füsun (Fbibliotheca)

"Ama neler söylüyorum, her şeyi önceden bilmiyor muydum?
Hepsini biliyordum başıma geleceklerin.
Payıma düşeni gönül ferahlığıyla taşımalıyım,
Kaderin önüne durulmaz, bilmeliyim bunu.
Ama susmak da olmuyor, söylemek de
Bu benim başıma gelenleri.
Evet ben, kara bahtlı ben başımı bu dertlere soktum
İnsanlara iyilik edeyim derken.
Bir gün bir rezene sapı içinde
Çaldım götürdüm insanlara ateşin tohumunu
Bu tohum bütün sanatların anahtarı oldu,
Bütün yolları açtı insanlara.
Suçum bu işte benim tanrılara karşı
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fight of right over tyranny.
Daniel Chaikin
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
41. Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, translated by Paul Roche
1st performed: c ~456 bce ?? (alternately 430 bce, authored by Aeschylus' son, Euphorion)
format: 128 page Paperback - 1964 Mentor Classic
acquired: unknown. It comes from my childhood home. Perhaps one of my parents used it in high school or college.
read: July 2-3
rating: 4

I read this recently with a different translator. That review includes a brief summary. See HERE.

As far as I can tell, Paul Roche is a pretty obscure translator. I tho
Abdulla Awachi
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most important tragedian works of Aeschylus which used to be played during ancient Greek era.

Going back to Greek is an act/ step I consider it of vital importance in understanding the current philosophical thoughts and modern western thinking as it is undoubtably highly inflected / influenced by those earlier works.

We can take one example of the contemporary Philosophers; Martin Heiddger who introduced a new way of thinking based in one part on going back to the first centurie
Gonçalo Fernandes
Para uma obra escrita há mais de dois mil anos, Prometheus apresenta uma narrativa muito actual, lançando uma visão bastante interessante da manutenção de valores sem ceder a opiniões alheias. É um confronto psicológico entre a teimosia e a sabedoria, bem como entre os valores próprios e os valores alheios.

Não teria a tua ofensa ido mais longe do que contaste?

Sim, libertei os homens do medo da morte.

Que remédio inventaste para esse tormento?

Implantei bem fun
Alp Turgut
Ateşi insan ırkına vererek Zeus'un kurduğu düzene karşı geldiği için zincire vurulan titan Prometheus'un trajedisini konu alan "Prometheus Unbound / Zincire Vurulmuş Prometheus", diğer Yunan tragedyaları gibi edebiyata yön veren öğeler bulunmakta. Aiskhylos'un günümüze kadar gelmiş 7 eserinden biri olması nedeniyle oldukça önemli bir yapıt olan tragedyada ciddi bir iktidar eleştirisi bulunduğunu söylemek lazım. Zaten kitabın başında bulunan Azra Erhat'ın kaleme aldığı önsöz de bunu mükemmel bir ...more
Çağdaş T
Cinsiyetçilik belirli bir dine özgü değil. Çoğu inanışta ne yazık ki kadın ikincil planda. Günümüzde de aynı sorunla karşı karşıyayız.
Prometheus'a kızan Zeus, insanoğlunu cezalandırmak için oğlu topal Hephaistos'a, kadını yaratması için emir verir. Gerisini Hesoidos'tan dinleyelim:
"... Zeus yarattı baş belası olarak
Kadınlar soyunu ölümlü insanlara,
O kadınlar ki kötülüktür işleri güçleri,
İyiliğe karşı kötülük sağladı onlarla.
Her kim ki, sakınır evlenmekten
Kadın derdi sarmamak için başına,
Olmaz ol
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-literature
Interesting little read which you can finish off in a sitting. It’s about a titan called Prometheus who stole he concept of fire from the Gods and gave it to humans as a gift. Zeus got pissed off with him for stealing something from him and giving it to the “people of a day” (love that description of humans) so he gets him ballasted up a mountain somewhere for eternity and gets one of his evillest red eyed eagles to pick away at his kidney for eternity – charming. Prometheus means foresighted (h ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How can someone LIKE AND ENJOY this boring piece of s*it ??? It's so terrible
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جان مایه عجیب پرومته در زنجیر، طرحی از مفایه آخرالزمانی و ثنویت معطوف به شر است که بر اساس سال نگارش آن، به احتمال بسیار زیاد از ادیان شرقی نسب برده است. روایت آخیلئوس (آشیل) از پرومته، خدایی ایت که دل به انسان بسته (به تعبیر متن، خدایی انسان فانی خدای او شده است) و زنده ماندن و قدرت یافتن او در زمین را با جان خود ضمانت میکند تا روزی که دوباره علیه خدای ستمگر و در رکاب فرزند آن خدای ستمگر (زئوس) قیام کند. اگر این اسطوره را با اسطوره ضحاک (یا دجال) مقایسه کنیدعلیرغم اختلافات شدید محتوایی (در جایگ ...more
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Aeschylus (525 BC – 456 BC) [Ésquilo 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; previou ...more
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