Prometheus Bound | Study Guide

Aeschylus

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Prometheus Prometheus, a god of the Titan generation, took Zeus's side during his war with the Titans. After the war Zeus punishes Prometheus for stealing fire for humankind by binding him to a rocky cliff. Read More
Zeus Zeus is the new ruler of Olympus, having overthrown his father Cronos and imprisoned the Titans in Tartarus. Read More
Chorus The Chorus consists of the daughters of Oceanus, a group of sea nymphs called Oceanids, who represent the attitudes of the typical citizen. Read More
Hephaestus Hephaestus is the god of fire and forge, ordered by Zeus to chain Prometheus to a rocky cliff. He does his job reluctantly, feeling sympathy for Prometheus. Read More
Hermes Hermes is Zeus's messenger who appears at the end of the play to induce Prometheus to reveal the identity of the woman who will one day bear a son who will overthrow Zeus. Read More
Io Io is a mortal woman loved by Zeus and then transformed into a cow, forced to wander the earth while being stung by a gadfly. Her suffering is in some ways comparable to that of Prometheus—as Zeus is the cause of both. Read More
Oceanus Oceanus, god of the ocean, expresses sympathy for Prometheus but also urges him to restrain his speech and try to get along with Zeus. Read More
Strength Strength (sometimes translated as Power) is a thuggish male underling sent by Zeus to see to Prometheus's punishment. He echoes Zeus's belligerent attitude, jeering at Prometheus while Hephaestus applies the chains.
Violence Violence is a female underling sent along with Strength to effect Prometheus's punishment. She speaks no lines in the play.
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