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Title: The Authenticity of Prometheus Bound
Author: Griffith, Mark
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2007
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521038140
Volumes: 1; Pages: 431
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Prometheus Bound was accepted without question in antiquity as the work of Aeschylus, and most modern authorities endorse this ascription. But since the nineteenth century several leading scholars have come to doubt Aeschylean authorship. Dr Griffith here provides a thorough and wide-ranging study of this problem, and concludes: 'Had Prometheus Bound been newly dug up from the sands of Oxyrhynchus... few scholars would regard it as the work of Aeschylus.' After a preliminary assessment of the external evidence, Dr Griffith examines minutely the idiosyncrasies of metre, dramatic technique, vocabulary, syntax and expression to be found in the play, applying the same tests to other plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides in order to provide a control for his methods. In his final chapter he discusses how the conditions surrounding the ancient transmission and cataloguing of texts may have led to the ascription to Aeschylus.ContentsList of tablesPreface1. The problem2. External evidence3. The lyric metres4. The recitative Anapaests5. The Iambic trimeters6. Structure and dramatic technique7. Staging8. Vocabulary9. Style and syntax10. Alternatives to Aeschylean authorshipAppendixesNotesBibliographySubject indexIndex of Greek words discussedIndex of passages cited.