Note: Prometheus (Un)Bound

Prometheus bound (and eventually unbound) is the subject of a famous trilogy of plays by Aeschylus, the conclusion of which is lost. The Romantics were extremely interested in the myth.

  • Lord Byron wrote a dramatic lyric, "Prometheus," [external link] in which the tortured titan remains defiant to the end;
  • Percy Shelley ironically "completed" the cycle with his own prophetic lyrical drama of liberation, Prometheus Unbound [external link];
  • Mary Shelley's famous novel, Frankenstein [external link], is subtitled: the Modern Prometheus.

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