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Prometheus Bound

Prometheus Bound

by Aeschylus

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

In 1820, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote a play ("play") entitled Prometheus Unbound, imagining what would happen if Prometheus actually succeeded in overthrowing the king of the gods. You can read the full text of his play online (watch out for Demogorgon). (source)

Prometheus is such a popular figure that he not only got the very first science fiction book written about him (Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus), but, 2500 years later, he's still a figure for mad scientists. Ridley Scott's 2012 film Prometheus put a new—and possibly incomprehensible—spin on the myth. (source)

Many scholars today don't think that Prometheus Bound was actually written by Aeschylus. According to one theory, it was actually written by his son, Euphorion. Way to keep the family business going, kid. (source)

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