In the epic drama Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus (c. 525–456 BC), first of the 3 nice Greek tragic poets, re-creates this mythical clash among rebellious topic and vengeful god. Chained for eternity to a barren rock, his flesh many times torn via a ravaging eagle, Prometheus defends his championship of mankind, rejoicing within the many presents of language and studying he has given guy regardless of Zeus's merciless opposition.
Inspired via Prometheus's spirit, Aeschylus reaches past the parable to create considered one of literature's such a lot gripping portrayals of man's inhumanity to guy. How Prometheus clings to his convictions and braves his harsh destiny provide Prometheus Bound its notable energy and allure. For over 2,000 years, this masterpiece of drama has held audiences enthralled. it really is reprinted right here in its entirety from the interpretation via George Thomson.
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Inform me, tormented one, who you're, converse to my distress. Oh my unlucky lifestyles! ache, starvation, and lethal worry are my simply acquaintances. through leaps and by means of bounds, stung by means of this gadfly, I run, continuously outrun by way of her vengeance, withóut énd. between all of the soreness beings, is there one like myself? inform me, and inform me, too, what the longer term will deliver, and is there a therapy for me? inform me it appears that evidently. communicate the reality when you are aware of it, and that i will hear. PROMETHEUS I’ll inform you basically what you must understand, no longer weaving riddles, yet with basic phrases, as pals converse to one another, with no safeguard: i'm Prometheus, who gave fireplace to guy. IO Oh you, the benefactor of mankind, wretched Prometheus, why this punishment? PROMETHEUS I basically simply now stopped lamenting that. IO Will you now not supply me what I ask for, then? PROMETHEUS Ask, and I’ll let you know all you want to comprehend. IO inform me who shackled you during this ravine. PROMETHEUS Zeus by means of his will, Hephaistos by means of his hand. IO And for what crime is that this the penalty? PROMETHEUS allow what I advised you be enough resolution. IO only one other thing: while will my ache finish? Is there a restrict to this distress? PROMETHEUS larger so that you can now not recognize than to understand. IO Don’t cover from me what i've got but to endure. PROMETHEUS I’m no longer withholding it for loss of friendship. IO Then why refuse to inform me every thing? PROMETHEUS simply because to take action may appall your spirit. IO don't be kinder to me than i would like. PROMETHEUS because you call for it, i'm going to inform you. hear. refrain no longer but. furnish me part of this pride. allow me examine extra approximately her disease first, via listening to from her personal lips what it used to be that introduced such break upon her. Then permit her pay attention from you the longer term trials that she needs to endure. PROMETHEUS it's for you, Io, to supply this want, specifically as those are your father’s sisters. it is going to be worthy your ready when you unburden your self of your sour story whereas they pay tribute with their tears. IO How am i able to no longer comply? In transparent phrases you'll study all that you really want to understand. even though simply to converse of it— the god-sent typhoon, after which this hideous mock of my visual appeal— makes me ashamed. Into my maiden chamber, visions got here by means of evening, and got here back, mystery viewers that spoke to me with delicate and urging voices: “Oh maiden drastically blessed, why are you continue to a virgin, for those who may be the bride of the superb? Zeus is in love with you, the dart of ardour has set him on fireplace, he desires to proportion his excitement with you. Don’t spurn the god’s mattress, baby, yet visit Lerna, to the deep meadow the place your father’s flocks graze, so Zeus’s eye may well locate aid from longing. ” those apparitions haunted me evening after evening, until eventually eventually i discovered the braveness to inform my father. He then despatched many messengers to Pytho and Dodona, to determine there what can be performed or stated to thrill the gods. yet they got here again with riddling solutions that have been too darkish to fathom, or that tricked the brain with double meanings. yet then a message got here to Inachus, and this time it used to be an unmistakable command: to force me from my domestic, my homeland, and set me free to wander at my will to the very limits of the realm.