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Author: Dougherty, Carol
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2006
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415324052
Volumes: 1; Pages: 115
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Myths and legends of this rebellious god, who defied Zeus to steal fire for mankind, thrive in art and literature from ancient Greece to the present day. Prometheus' gifts to mortals of the raw materials of culture and technological advancement, along with the curse of despair that followed the enlightenment of humankind, have formed the basis of a poetic and powerful embodiment of the human condition.
Seeking to locate the nature of this compelling tale's continuing relevance throughout history, Carol Dougherty traces a history of the myth from its origins in ancient Greece to its resurgence in the works of the Romantic age and beyond. A Prometheus emerges that was a rebel against Zeus's tyranny to Aeschylus, a defender of political and artistic integrity to Shelley and a symbol of technological innovation during the industrial revolution, his resilience and adaptability illuminating his power and importance in Western culture.
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the Prometheus myth, emphasizing the vitality and flexibility of his myth in a variety of historical, literary, and artistic contexts of the ancient Greeks, the Romantics, and twentieth-century English poet, Tony Harrison. It is an essential introduction to the Promethean myth for readers interested in Classics, the arts and literature alike.
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Introduction: Why Prometheus
Chapter One: Prometheus the Trickster, or the Archaic Prometheus
Chapter Two: The Cult of Prometheus at Athens, or Prometheus and Fire
Chapter Three: Prometheus, Political Rebel and Cultural Hero, or The Classical Prometheus
Chapter Four: The Romantic Prometheus
Chapter Five: The Modern Prometheus