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Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, 908-940


ἔσται ταπεινός, οἷον ἐξαρτύεταιYes, truly, the day will come when Zeus, although stubborn of soul, shall be humbled, seeing that he plans a marriage that shall


γάμον γαμεῖν, ὃς αὐτὸν ἐκ τυραννίδοςYes, truly, the day will come when Zeus, although stubborn of soul, shall be humbled, seeing that he plans a marriage that shall


θρόνων τʼ ἄιστον ἐκβαλεῖ· πατρὸς δʼ ἀρὰhurl him into oblivion from his sovereignty and throne; and then immediately the curse his father Cronus invoked as he fell from his ancient throne, shall be fulfilled to the uttermost. Deliverance from such ruin no one of the gods can show him clearly except me.


Κρόνου τότʼ ἤδη παντελῶς κρανθήσεταιhurl him into oblivion from his sovereignty and throne; and then immediately the curse his father Cronus invoked as he fell from his ancient throne, shall be fulfilled to the uttermost. Deliverance from such ruin no one of the gods can show him clearly except me.


ἣν ἐκπίτνων ἠρᾶτο δηναιῶν θρόνων.hurl him into oblivion from his sovereignty and throne; and then immediately the curse his father Cronus invoked as he fell from his ancient throne, shall be fulfilled to the uttermost. Deliverance from such ruin no one of the gods can show him clearly except me.


τοιῶνδε μόχθων ἐκτροπὴν οὐδεὶς θεῶνhurl him into oblivion from his sovereignty and throne; and then immediately the curse his father Cronus invoked as he fell from his ancient throne, shall be fulfilled to the uttermost. Deliverance from such ruin no one of the gods can show him clearly except me.


δύναιτʼ ἂν αὐτῷ πλὴν ἐμοῦ δεῖξαι σαφῶς.hurl him into oblivion from his sovereignty and throne; and then immediately the curse his father Cronus invoked as he fell from his ancient throne, shall be fulfilled to the uttermost. Deliverance from such ruin no one of the gods can show him clearly except me.


ἐγὼ τάδʼ οἶδα χᾦ τρόπῳ. πρὸς ταῦτά νυνI know the fact and the means. So let him sit there in his assurance, putting his trust in the crash reverberating on high and brandishing his fire-breathing bolt in his hands. For these shall not protect him from falling in ignominious and unendurable ruin.


θαρσῶν καθήσθω τοῖς πεδαρσίοις κτύποιςI know the fact and the means. So let him sit there in his assurance, putting his trust in the crash reverberating on high and brandishing his fire-breathing bolt in his hands. For these shall not protect him from falling in ignominious and unendurable ruin.


πιστός, τινάσσων τʼ ἐν χεροῖν πύρπνουν βέλος.I know the fact and the means. So let him sit there in his assurance, putting his trust in the crash reverberating on high and brandishing his fire-breathing bolt in his hands. For these shall not protect him from falling in ignominious and unendurable ruin.


οὐδὲν γὰρ αὐτῷ ταῦτʼ ἐπαρκέσει τὸ μὴ οὐI know the fact and the means. So let him sit there in his assurance, putting his trust in the crash reverberating on high and brandishing his fire-breathing bolt in his hands. For these shall not protect him from falling in ignominious and unendurable ruin.


πεσεῖν ἀτίμως πτώματʼ οὐκ ἀνασχετά·I know the fact and the means. So let him sit there in his assurance, putting his trust in the crash reverberating on high and brandishing his fire-breathing bolt in his hands. For these shall not protect him from falling in ignominious and unendurable ruin.


τοῖον παλαιστὴν νῦν παρασκευάζεταιSuch an adversary is he now preparing despite himself, a prodigy irresistible, even one who shall discover a flame mightier than the lightning and a deafening crash to outroar the thunder; a prodigy who shall shiver the trident


ἐπʼ αὐτὸς αὑτῷ, δυσμαχώτατον τέρας·Such an adversary is he now preparing despite himself, a prodigy irresistible, even one who shall discover a flame mightier than the lightning and a deafening crash to outroar the thunder; a prodigy who shall shiver the trident


ὃς δὴ κεραυνοῦ κρείσσονʼ εὑρήσει φλόγαSuch an adversary is he now preparing despite himself, a prodigy irresistible, even one who shall discover a flame mightier than the lightning and a deafening crash to outroar the thunder; a prodigy who shall shiver the trident


βροντῆς θʼ ὑπερβάλλοντα καρτερὸν κτύπον·Such an adversary is he now preparing despite himself, a prodigy irresistible, even one who shall discover a flame mightier than the lightning and a deafening crash to outroar the thunder; a prodigy who shall shiver the trident


θαλασσίαν τε γῆς τινάκτειραν νόσονSuch an adversary is he now preparing despite himself, a prodigy irresistible, even one who shall discover a flame mightier than the lightning and a deafening crash to outroar the thunder; a prodigy who shall shiver the trident


τρίαιναν, αἰχμὴν τὴν Ποσειδῶνος, σκεδᾷ.Poseidon’s spear, that scourge of the sea and shaker of the land. Chorus


πταίσας δὲ τῷδε πρὸς κακῷ μαθήσεταιPoseidon’s spear, that scourge of the sea and shaker of the land. Chorus


ὅσον τό τʼ ἄρχειν καὶ τὸ δουλεύειν δίχα. ΧορόςPoseidon’s spear, that scourge of the sea and shaker of the land. Chorus


σύ θην ἃ χρῄζεις, ταῦτʼ ἐπιγλωσσᾷ Διός. ΠρομηθεύςSurely, it is only your own desire that you utter as a curse against Zeus. Prometheus


ἅπερ τελεῖται, πρὸς δʼ ἃ βούλομαι λέγω. ΧορόςI speak what shall be brought to pass and, moreover, my own desire. Choru


καὶ προσδοκᾶν χρὴ δεσπόσειν Ζηνός τινα; ΠρομηθεύςMust we really look for one to gain mastery over Zeus? Prometheus


καὶ τῶνδέ γʼ, ἕξει δυσλοφωτέρους πόνους. ΧορόςYes, and he shall bear upon his neck pangs more galling than these of mine. Chorus


πῶς δʼ οὐχὶ ταρβεῖς τοιάδʼ ἐκρίπτων ἔπη; ΠρομηθεύςHow is it that you are not afraid to utter such taunts? Prometheus


τί δʼ ἂν φοβοίμην ᾧ θανεῖν οὐ μόρσιμον; ΧορόςWhy should I fear since I am fated not to die? Chorus


ἀλλʼ ἆθλον ἄν σοι τοῦδʼ ἔτʼ ἀλγίω πόροι. ΠρομηθεύςBut he might inflict on you an ordeal even more bitter than this. Prometheus


ὁ δʼ οὖν ποιείτω· πάντα προσδοκητά μοι. ΧορόςLet him, for all I care! I am prepared for anything. Chorus


οἱ προσκυνοῦντες τὴν Ἀδράστειαν σοφοί. ΠρομηθεύςWise are they who do homage to Necessity. Prometheus


σέβου, προσεύχου, θῶπτε τὸν κρατοῦντʼ ἀεί.Worship, adore, and fawn upon whoever is your lord. But for Zeus I care less than nothing. Let him do his will, let him hold his power


ἐμοὶ δʼ ἔλασσον Ζηνὸς ἢ μηδὲν μέλει.Worship, adore, and fawn upon whoever is your lord. But for Zeus I care less than nothing. Let him do his will, let him hold his power


δράτω, κρατείτω τόνδε τὸν βραχὺν χρόνονWorship, adore, and fawn upon whoever is your lord. But for Zeus I care less than nothing. Let him do his will, let him hold his power


ὅπως θέλει· δαρὸν γὰρ οὐκ ἄρξει θεοῖς.for his little day— since he will not bear sway over the gods for long. But wait, for over there I see his messenger, the servant of our new lord and master. Certainly he has come to announce some news. Enter Hermes Hermes


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

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1. Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, 11, 266, 515-519, 756, 761-777, 909-940, 944-996, 10 (6th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

10. ὡς ἂν διδαχθῇ τὴν Διὸς τυραννίδα 10. o that he may learn to bear with the sovereignty of Zeus and cease his man-loving ways. Hephaestus
2. Aristophanes, Birds, 1643, 1706-1765, 1605 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

1605. ἀποστερεῖς τὸν πατέρα τῆς τυραννίδος;
3. Aristophanes, Clouds, 366-382, 563-565, 816-828, 365 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

365. αὗται γάρ τοι μόναι εἰσὶ θεαί, τἄλλα δὲ πάντ' ἐστὶ φλύαρος.
4. Herodotus, Histories, 1.32.1 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

1.32.1. Thus Solon granted second place in happiness to these men. Croesus was vexed and said, “My Athenian guest, do you so much despise our happiness that you do not even make us worth as much as common men?” Solon replied, “Croesus, you ask me about human affairs, and I know that the divine is entirely grudging and troublesome to us.


Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
aeschylus, prometheus bound Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
aristophanes, birds Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
aristophanes, clouds Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
athens and athenians, and drama Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
athens and athenians, tyranny and Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
croesus, fall of Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
cronus Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
dramaturgy Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
dream, passim, esp., anticipatory function of sign dream Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
dream, passim, esp., sign dream (= episode dream) Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
fate Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
force (personification) Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
herodotus, historical perspective of Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
herodotus, on tyranny Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
ionian cosmology and science Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
isis Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
justice Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
men tyrannos Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
necessity (personification) Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
orphic rites and mysticism Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
personification of abstract notions Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
plot Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
prometheus Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103; Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
prophecy, foretelling the future Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
prophecy and prophets Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
punishment, divine Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
sacred marriage Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
scythia Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
sovereignty, concept of Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
theodicy Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
tyrannos, men Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
tyranny, greek attitudes towards Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
tyranny, theology of' Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
uranus Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
zeus, and kingship Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
zeus, and tyranny Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
zeus, and victory Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
zeus Munn, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion (2006) 20
βία / violence (personification) Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
κράτος / force (personification) Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103
᾿aνάγκη / necessity (personification) Lipka, Epiphanies and Dreams in Greek Polytheism: Textual Genres and 'Reality' from Homer to Heliodorus (2021) 103