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Prometheus Bound | [Aeschylus]

Prometheus Bound

When a jealous Zeus discovers that the compassionate Titan, Prometheus, has introduced the gift of fire to liberate mere mortals from oppression and servitude, he has Prometheus bound to a rocky prison in the Scythian desert, where the god discloses the reason for his punishment.
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When a jealous Zeus discovers that the compassionate Titan, Prometheus, has introduced the gift of fire to liberate mere mortals from oppression and servitude, he has Prometheus bound to a rocky prison in the Scythian desert, where the god discloses the reason for his punishment.

Prometheus Bound is one of only seven surviving plays by the prolific Athenian playwright, Aeschylus. Born into a noble family in 525 BC, Aeschylus is credited with having introduced dialogue into the Greek drama, and indeed is a father of modern theater.

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    Tad Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-20-10
    Tad Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-20-10 Member Since 2005

    Shakespeare, Dickens, Homer, Mark Twain, Walt Disney, History.

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    Robin Field appears to be doing all the voices in this production. Given that, it's more dramatic than might be expected: he's acting out the play, not simply reading it. If Field were less skillful, it could be dismissed as a vanity production. But it doesn't quite work for me. I have two complaints: in a couple of scenes, the voices are close enough together that it's difficult to tell immediately who's speaking; and the translation Field uses is a very poor one, from the standpoint of English style: an early-twentieth-century imitation of "Bible English" taken from Harvard Classics. (Probably easy on the royalty department, but hard on the ears. Surely there are better public domain translations available.)

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    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 12-20-10
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    Robin Field appears to be doing all the voices in this production. Given that, it's more dramatic than might be expected: he's acting out the play, not simply reading it. If Field were less skillful, it could be dismissed as a vanity production. But it doesn't quite work for me. I have two complaints: in a couple of scenes, the voices are close enough together that it's difficult to tell immediately who's speaking; and the translation Field uses is a very poor one, from the standpoint of English style: an early-twentieth-century imitation of "Bible English" taken from Harvard Classics. (Probably easy on the royalty department, but hard on the ears. Surely there are better public domain translations available.)

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    I like Greek myths and drama but this was hard to follow due to the fact that the one guy does all the stage directions and all the characters so there is no differentiation, nothing to signal a new character and so the speeches all blend together. You lose track of the dramatic push for each speaker. So while I continue to listen and study the dramas, this one is a bit tough.

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