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Prometheus Bound

Prometheus Bound

by Aeschylus

Power Quotes

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Quote #1

HEPHAESTUS. The mind of Zeus is implacable—and everyone is harsh when new to power. (28-35)

Hm, Machiavelli recommends almost the same thing: if you come to power through a rebellion, you've got to double down on the harshness to make sure you don't get knocked off your throne as quickly as you gained it. But is that really the best way to win the support of your new people?

Quote #2

HEPHAESTUS. Oh, how I hate my craft skills!

POWER. Why do you hate them? Quite simply, your skills aren't in any way responsible for the task you now have. (45-47)

In other words, Power doesn't see himself as having any power at all. It's kind of funny. Here he is, the representative of the most awesome (as in, awe-inspiring) power on earth, and he doesn't seem to think he has any agency at all. He's a tool. (Both kinds.)

Quote #3

PROMETHEUS. I tell you that even though my limbs are held in these strong, degrading fetters, the president of the immortals will yet have need of me, to reveal the new plan by which he can be robbed of his scepter and his privileges (168-177)

Prometheus points out that there's brawn—and then there's brain. As any high school nerd can tell you (or wants to believe), brawn might be good in a fight, but brain has a lot more long-term potential.

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