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Prometheus

Author: Carol Dougherty
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2006.
Series: Gods and heroes of the ancient world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Carol Dougherty traces a history of the Prometheus myth from its origins in Ancient Greece to its resurgence in the works of the Romantic era and beyond. Prometheus defied Zeus to steal fire for mankind and his story continues to make an appearance in art and literature to the present day.
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Named Person: Prometheus, (Greek deity); Prometheus.; Prometheus.; Prometheus, (grekisk gud)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Dougherty
ISBN: 041532405X 9780415324052 0415324068 9780415324069 9780203356876 020335687X
OCLC Number: 58975759
Description: xvi, 155 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Why Prometheus? --
Introducing Prometheus --
Who is Prometheus? --
Classic texts: the wellspring of myths --
What is myth? --
Why are myths so important? --
The myth of Prometheus --
Promethean themes: fire, rebellion, creativity, and work --
Prometheus and the human condition --
Survey of scholarship and overview of the book --
Key Themes --
I. The Trickster: Hesiod's Prometheus --
Hesiod and his times --
Hesiod's Prometheus --
Prometheus vs. Zeus: a battle of wits --
Prometheus as trickster --
Prometheus and the human condition --
Overview --
2. The cult of Prometheus at Athens --
Fire in Greek culture --
Prometheus in Athenian myth --
Prometheus in cult --
Torch race --
Prometheus, satyrs, and fire --
Prometheus, fire, and fifth-century Athens --
Overview --
3. Political rebel and cultural hero: Prometheus in Athenian literature --
Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound --
From trickster to rebel --
From hope to prophecy --
Prometheus and prgoress --
Plato's Protagoras --
The comic Prometheus --
Overview --
Prometheus Afterwards --
4. The romantic Prometheus --
Goethe's Prometheus and artistic creativity --
The political Prometheus --
Shelley's Prometheus Unbound and the power of love --
Prometheus and Napoleon --
Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus --
Overview --
5. Prometheus in the contemporary age --
Prometheus in the arts --
The most Promethean of the Prometheans: breakthroughs in science and technology --
The ambiguous Promethean legacy --
Tony Harrison's Prometheus --
The technological Prometheus --
Prometheus and the worker: homo faber --
Fire and poetry --
Etymologies: what use is Prometheus? --
Overview.
Series Title: Gods and heroes of the ancient world.
Responsibility: Carol Dougherty.
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