Prometheus Bound By Aeschylus



I haven't read much Greco-Roman mythology. What I know I've picked up from cartoons like Disney's Hercules and Netflix's Blood Of Zeus. Greco-Roman mythology has always fascinated me but I never did go to the root of all. Greek tragedies were often plays performed at festivals dedicated to Dionysus. Prometheus Bound is one such play, dating back to late 400-500 BC respectively.


Aeschylus (I don't know how to pronounce this either) set out to dramatize the story of the one who gave man fire. Prometheus, a Titan, betrayed his fellow Titans during the war against the gods. Prometheus, the self-proclaimed champion of men, stole fire from Mt. Olympus and gifted it to man. The tragedy shows us his punishment for betraying Zeus by (ironically) loving man - his person is chained to the Earth.


Why did I decide to read the ancient play? Because of Mary Shelley. Her novel, Frankenstein, has a peculiar subtitle - The Modern Prometheus. Seems fitting that Prometheus is punished for bringing light to man. Victor Frankenstein brings life, and that very life hunts him down.


I wouldn't recommend the play. Reading it is bizarre and as the editors and translators state before you even get to the play, it would be better to watch it. I don't know if Prometheus has ever been on Broadway but I'd be willing to see who they cast for the Titan. My vote is Duwayne Johnson.


If you're into Greco-Roman mythology or you have a thing for plays, Prometheus Bound could be the quick read to satiate your desires. If you're like me, and you like how A influenced B, then here's a nice bit of mythological history.