Prometheus Bound



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The dungeon beneath the underworld of Hades where Kronos and the other Titans are punished after the Battle of the Titans.

Tartaros Quotes in Prometheus Bound

The Prometheus Bound quotes below are all either spoken by Tartaros or refer to Tartaros. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). 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

And to this pain
do not expect a limit or an end,
until some god appears as a successor
to take your tortures as his own and willingly
go down into the gloom of Hades
and the black depths of Tartaros.
Make your decision in the light of that!
These are no boastful threats but true words
all too clearly spoken. For Zeus’s mouth
does not know how to lie. Each word of his
comes true. But you, weigh carefully
what you must do, and don’t hold stubbornness
above considered judgment.

Related Characters: Hermes (speaker), Prometheus, Zeus, Hades
Related Symbols: Fire
Page Number: 64
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Tartaros Term Timeline in Prometheus Bound

The timeline below shows where the term Tartaros appears in Prometheus Bound. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Suffering, Compassion, and Hope Theme Icon
Freedom and Confinement Theme Icon
...the chorus he would rather have been sent to the “House of Hades” or even Tartaros. “But here I hang up high, / a plaything for the winds to buffet, /... (full context)
Power vs. Reason Theme Icon
...Prometheus’s plan, and Kronos and the Titans were defeated and sent to the “depths of Tartaros.” Prometheus had been of “service to the tyrant god,” but he has still punished him.... (full context)
Power vs. Reason Theme Icon
Freedom and Confinement Theme Icon
...which “will throw him / from his omnipotence into oblivion.” When Zeus drove Kronos to Tartaros, Kronos cursed Zeus, and Prometheus knows “the What and the How.” Zeus’s “downfall” cannot be... (full context)
Power vs. Reason Theme Icon
Suffering, Compassion, and Hope Theme Icon
Creation, Art, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...and that the world with shake with Zeus’s fury. Zeus can even banish Prometheus to Tartaros if he wishes. “He cannot kill me,” Prometheus says. (full context)