Prometheus Bound is a play beloved of revolutionaries, romantics and rebels, with a fierce optimism tempered by an acute awareness of the compromises, dangers and obsessions of political action.
This companion sets the play in its historical context, explores its challenge to authority, and traces its reception from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Many scholars have disputed its Aeschylean authorship, but it has proved the most influential of tragedies outside academia.
Marx's favourite tragedy, Prometheus Bound is also a foundational text for the genre of science fiction through its influence on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. In its open-eyed celebration of technology and democracy, it is the tragedy for the modern age.
Ian Ruffell is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Glasgow. His main research interest is Greek drama and he has worked most extensively on comedy. His monograph, Politics and Anti-Realism in Athenian Old Comedy: The Art of the Impossible, was published in 2011.
Preface Themes, Contexts and Receptions Gods and Other Monsters Technology and Civilisation Making a Spectacle The Radical Tradition Timeline Abbreviations and Select Bibliography References Index