Prometheus Bound



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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 turning Io into a cow, but Hera knew immediately what was going on and insisted that Zeus give her the cow as a gift. Hera left Io with her servant, Argos, and ordered him to keep Zeus away and ensure Io’s suffering until she died.

Hera Quotes in Prometheus Bound

The Prometheus Bound quotes below are all either spoken by Hera or refer to Hera. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Power vs. Reason Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the New York Review Books edition of Prometheus Bound published in 2015.
Prometheus Bound Quotes

First, from this spot, turn toward the rising sun,
and cross the untilled plains until you reach
the Scythian nomads, whose wicker houses
are built on top of wagons with well-wrought wheels,
a warlike tribe armed with far-reaching bows.
Do not go near them, rather keep to the surf line
of the groaning sea, and travel on.
Off to your left there live the ironworking
Chalybes, of whom you must be wary,
for they are savage and do not
bid strangers welcome.

Related Characters: Prometheus (speaker), Zeus, Io, The Chorus, Hera
Page Number: 44
Explanation and Analysis:
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Hera Character Timeline in Prometheus Bound

The timeline below shows where the character Hera appears in Prometheus Bound. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Power vs. Reason Theme Icon
Suffering, Compassion, and Hope Theme Icon
Freedom and Confinement Theme Icon hear the rest.” He claims that Io will greatly suffer at the hands of Hera, Zeus’s wife, but if Io heeds Prometheus’s words, she will “recognize the end” when it... (full context)