Theatre / Prometheus Bound
) is a surviving tragic play from Ancient Greece. It is believed to have been written some time in the 5th century BC, but its precise date and the identity of its author are in doubt. Historically, it has most often been attributed to Aeschylus
, but this attribution has been questioned on metrical and stylistic grounds.
The play draws from the myth
of the titan Prometheus, who was punished by Zeus for giving fire (and, in this version, culture) to humankind. The play begins with Prometheus being chained to his rock, where he remains for the duration while various characters come to visit and hold conversations with him, during which Prometheus prophesies about their futures and that of Zeus.Prometheus Bound
is thought to have formed a trilogy with two other plays that are now known only through quotations and references in other works. Prometheus Unbound
) is a sequel that depicts Prometheus' liberation by Heracles. Prometheus the Fire-Bringer
) has only one surviving line of dialogue, and disagreement exists over whether it is the final play of the trilogy, depicting the reconciliation of Prometheus and Zeus, or the first, depicting Prometheus giving fire to humankind and being caught by Zeus.
Prometheus Bound provides examples of: