Prometheus  book cover
1st Edition


ISBN 9780415324069
Published January 13, 2006 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

With no recent publications discussing Prometheus at length, this book provides a much-needed introduction to the Promethean myth of this rebellious god who defied Zeus to steal fire for mankind.

Seeking to locate the nature of this compelling tale’s continuing relevance throughout history, Carol Dougherty traces a history of the myth of Prometheus from its origins in ancient Greece, to its resurgence in the works of the Romantic era and beyond.

Offering a comparative approach that includes visual material and film, the book reveals a Prometheus who was a rebel against Zeus’ tyranny to Aeschylus, a defender of political and artistic integrity to Percy Bysshe Shelley, and a symbol of technological innovation during the industrial revolution; his resilience and adaptability illuminating his power and importance in Western culture.

Prometheus is an essential introduction to the Promethean myth for all readers of classics, the arts and literature alike.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Prometheus?  1. Prometheus the Trickster, or the Archaic Prometheus  2. The Cult of Prometheus at Athens, or Prometheus and Fire  3. Prometheus, Political Rebel and Cultural Hero, or The Classical Prometheus  4. The Romantic Prometheus  5. The Modern Prometheus.  Works Cited

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'[Prometheus] is perhaps the hardest figure ... to get a purchase on, but Carol Dougherty admirably describes his infinite variety.' - The Anglo-Hellenic Review

"An excellent starting point for further research on the subject."-Oxford Bibliographies Online