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Prometheus Bound (Buckley Translation)

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By: (c. 525/524-456/455 BC)

"Prometheus Bound" is the only complete tragedy of the Prometheia trilogy, traditionally assumed to be the work of Aeschylus. Jupiter has turned against Prometheus for protecting mankind and has ordered him to be chained to a rock. But Prometheus is comforted by his knowledge of a way to bring about the downfall of Jupiter.

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ÆSCHYLUS'

PROMETHEUS BOUND

AND THE

SEVEN AGAINST THEBES.

LITERALLY TRANSLATED, WITH CRITICAL AND ILLUSTRATIVE NOTES,

BY

THEODORE ALOIS BUCKLEY, B.A.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY

EDWARD BROOKS, JR.

PHILADELPHIA: DAVID McKAY, PUBLISHER,

610 SOUTH WASHINGTON SQUARE.

Copyright, 1897, by DAVID MCKAY.

INTRODUCTION.

Æschylus, the first of the great Grecian writers of tragedy, was born at Eleusis, in 525 B.C. He was the son of Euphorion, who was probably a wealthy owner of rich vineyards. The poet's early employment was to watch the grapes and protect them from the ravages of men and other animals, and it is said that this occupation led to the development of his dramatic genius. It is more easy to believe that it was responsible for the development of certain other less admirable qualities of the poet.

His first appearance as a tragic writer was in 499 B.C., and in 484 B.C. he won a prize in the tragic contests. He took part in the battle of Marathon, in 490 B.C., and also fought in the battle of Salamis, in 480 B... Continue reading book >>


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