A Titan god and the protagonist of Prometheus Bound. As the play opens, Prometheus is being bound to the face of the Scythian mountains by “unbreakable” chains, his punishment from Zeus for stealing… read analysis of Prometheus
The ruler of the Olympian gods and the antagonist of Prometheus Bound. Zeus as an actual character never makes it into Aeschylus’s play, but his violent wrath and immense power are present throughout. Zeus… read analysis of Zeus
A mortal princess and Zeus’s lover. Io comes across Prometheus as he is chained to the mountain. Io has been transformed into a cow by Zeus and turned out by Hera, Zeus’s jealous… read analysis of Io
The Titan god of oceans and streams. Okeanos goes to Prometheus’s aid when Prometheus is chained to the mountain, and intends to go to Zeus and appeal to him on Prometheus’s behalf. Like his… read analysis of Okeanos
The god of fire and blacksmithing. Hephaistos is ordered by Zeus to bind Prometheus to the top of the Scythian mountains using “unbreakable” chains. Hephaistos is made to bind Prometheus not only because Prometheus… read analysis of Hephaistos
The daughters of Okeanos. Okeanos’s daughters are also known as the Oceanids in Greek mythology, and they are typically represented as three thousand sea nymphs. The chorus are the first to come upon Prometheus… read analysis of The Chorus
Zeus’s son and the messenger of the gods. Hermes visits Prometheus on Zeus’s behalf while Prometheus is bound to the mountain, and he tells him that his suffering will increase by a “threefold tidal… read analysis of Hermes
Zeus’s servant and the personification of Zeus’s violent will. Bia doesn’t speak during the play, and like Zeus’s violence, he offers no excuse or explanation. He is ordered to take an imprisoned Prometheus to… read analysis of Bia (Force)
Zeus’s wife and sister. Hera is the goddess of family and childbirth, and she is exceedingly jealous of Zeus’s love for Io. According to myth, Zeus tried to hide Io from Hera by… read analysis of Hera
The female gods of vengeance in Greek mythology. The Furies are often interpreted as the embodiment of curses, and they serve a similar purpose in Prometheus Bound. Prometheus tells the chorus that Kronos had… read analysis of The Furies
King of the Titans and Zeus’s father. Kronos refuses Prometheus’s help during the Battle of the Titans and instead relies on his strength to win the war. Zeus, of course, is victorious thanks… read analysis of Kronos
A Titan god and Prometheus’s brother. According to Greek mythology, Zeus ordered Atlas punished after the Battle of the Titans, and he was forced to stand holding “the weight of heaven and earth”… read analysis of Atlas
A monster serpent within Greek mythology. Typhon’s origins are disputed; some sources claim Typhon is the offspring of Hera while others claim he is the son of Kronos. According to Greek mythology, Typhon challenged… read analysis of Typhon
Hera’s servant. After Zeus turned Io into a cow, Hera ordered Argos to guard Io and keep her away from Zeus. According to Greek mythology, Argos is covered with a hundred eyes, and he… read analysis of Argos
The son of Zeus and descendant of Io. Heracles is the epitome of masculinity, and he is the strongest of the gods. According to Prometheus Bound, Heracles will shoot the eagle that feeds on Prometheus’s liver and break the chains that bind him.
A Titan goddess and Prometheus’s mother. Themis gifted her son “foresight,” which allows him to see into the future.
Zeus’s brother and the Olympian god of the dead and king of the underworld.