Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound

Ruffell, I.A. (2012) Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound. Series: Companions to Greek and Roman tragedy. Bristol Classical Press: London. ISBN 9780715634769

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Prometheus Bound is a play beloved of revolutionaries, romantics and rebels, though its blazing idealism is tempered with an acute awareness of the compromises, dangers and obsessions of political action. This companion sets the play in its historical context, explores its challenge to authority, and traces its reception from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Many scholars have disputed its Aeschylean authorship, but it has proved the most influential of tragedies outside academia. Marx's favourite tragedy, Prometheus Bound is also a foundational text for the genre of science fiction through its influence on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. In its open-eyed celebration of technology and democracy, it is the tragedy for the modern age.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ruffell, Professor Isabel
Authors: Ruffell, I.A.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Classics
Publisher:Bristol Classical Press
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