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.
'[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
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
Routledge is pleased to present an exciting series, Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World. These figures from antiquity are embedded in our culture, many functioning as the source of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers and filmmakers. Concerned with their multifaceted aspects within the world of ancient paganism and how and why these figures continue to fascinate, the books provide a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the 21st century.
These concise and comprehensive guides provide a thorough understanding of each figure, offering the latest in critical research from the leading scholars in the field in an accessible and approachable form, making them ideal for undergraduates in Classics and related disciplines.
Each volume includes illustrations, time charts, family trees and maps where appropriate.