By Carol Dougherty

© 2004 – Routledge

176 pages

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About the Book

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

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

About the Series

Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

The gods and heroes of classical antiquity are part of our culture, functioning as sources of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers, filmmakers and designers alike. This series is concerned with how and why these figures continue to fascinate and intrigue. But it has another aim too, namely to explore their strangeness. The familiarity of the gods and heroes risks obscuring a vital difference between modern meanings and ancient functions and purpose.  

The diversity of the Gods and Heroes is recognised and the series consists not of biographies of each god or hero but of investigations into their multifaceted aspects within the complex world of ancient paganism. Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World sheds new light on many of the most important religious beings of classical antiquity and provides a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the twenty-first century.  

The series is geared to the needs of students in a wide range of fields from Greek and Roman religion and mythology, classical literature and anthropology, to Renaissance literature and cultural studies. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
HISTORY / Civilization