Prometheus

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Contiene : Acknowledgments. - List of Illustrations. - Genealogical Table. - Why 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 Ideas Chapter one: 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. - Chapter Summary. - Chapter two: 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. - Chapter Summary. - Chapter three: Political Rebel and Cultural Hero: Prometheus in Athenian literature. - Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound. - From Trickster to Rebel. - From Hope to Prophecy. - Prometheus and Progress. - Plato's Protagoras. - The Comic Prometheus. - Chapter Summary. - Prometheus Afterwards Chapter four: 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. - Chapter Summary Chapter five: 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? - Chapter Summary Further Reading Works Cited.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCING PROMETHEUS
3
the wellspring of myths
10
fire rebellion creativity and work
18
HESIODS PROMETHEUS
27
THE CULT OF PROMETHEUS AT ATHENS
46
THE ROMANTIC PROMETHEUS
91
PROMETHEUS IN THE CONTEMPORARY AGE
116
Fire and poetry
136
Index
153
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Carol Dougherty is Professor of Classical Studies at Wellesley College.

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