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Prometheus Bound: Introduction
Prometheus Bound: Plot Summary
Prometheus Bound: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Prometheus Bound: Themes
Prometheus Bound: Quotes
Prometheus Bound: Characters
Prometheus Bound: Terms
Prometheus Bound: Symbols
Prometheus Bound: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Aeschylus
Historical Context of Prometheus Bound
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- Full Title: Prometheus Bound
- When Written: Unknown. Most likely, Prometheus Bound was written near the end of Aeschylus’s career (late 450s BCE); however, if the play was not written by Aeschylus, some scholars believe it could have been written as late as 430 BCE.
- Where Written: Unknown; most likely Athens or Sicily.
- When Published: Unknown.
- Literary Period: Classical Greek Period
- Genre: Greek Tragedy
- Setting: The top of the Scythian mountains, at the very edge of Greek civilization
- Climax: Hermes is sent to the top of the mountain by Zeus and threatens Prometheus if Prometheus refuses to tell Zeus about Zeus’s fated marriage and son.
- Antagonist: Zeus, through his servants, Kratos and Bia, and his messenger, Hermes
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Sworn to secrecy. Aeschylus was a member of the Eleusinian Mysteries, a cult of Demeter and Persephone, in which members—including Aristotle and Plato—were told the ancient secrets of the afterlife. Members were sworn to absolute secrecy; however, Aeschylus was accused of divulging cult secrets during the staging of a play. Aeschylus was nearly killed by a mob of angry theatergoers afterward, but he was later tried and acquitted.
Like father, like son. Aeschylus’s son, Euphorion, who was also a tragedian, won first place at the City Dionysia in 431 BCE, beating out an unknown play by Sophocles, which was awarded second place, and Euripides’s Medea, the third-place winner that year.