Prometheus Bound and Other Plays: Prometheus Bound, The Suppliants, Seven Against Thebes, The Persians

By Aeschylus

Aeschylus (525–456 BC) introduced a brand new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, elevating it to the prestige of excessive artwork. In Prometheus Bound the defiant Titan Prometheus is brutally punished by way of Zeus for bold to enhance the nation of wretchedness and servitude during which mankind is stored. The Suppliants tells the tale of the fifty daughters of Danaus who needs to flee to flee enforced marriages, whereas Seven opposed to Thebes exhibits the inexorable downfall of the final contributors of the cursed relatives of Oedipus. And The Persians, the single Greek tragedy to accommodate occasions from fresh Athenian heritage, depicts the aftermath of the defeat of Persia within the conflict of Salamis, with a sympathetic portrayal of its disgraced King Xerxes.

Philip Vellacott’s evocative translation is followed via an advent, with person discussions of the performs, and their resources in historical past and mythology.

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149 Batanochus. This identify may be accented at the 3rd syllable. *For principles contained in those 3 paragraphs i'm principally indebted to an editorial entitled ‘The Danaid Trilogy’, by means of Professor R. P. Winnington-Ingram, magazine of Hellenic experiences, vol. LXXXI, 1961.

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