Review: Aeschylus II: The Suppliant Maidens, The Persians, Seven against Thebes, and Prometheus Bound

Aeschylus II: The Suppliant Maidens, The Persians, Seven against Thebes, and Prometheus Bound
Aeschylus II: The Suppliant Maidens, The Persians, Seven against Thebes, and Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The plays of Aeschylus, perhaps more than any other Greek playwright, are both wonderful demonstrations of the ancient Greek worldview and of the desires within the souls of the ancient Greeks that something greater than this worldview must someday triumph. Again and again, Aeschylus exhibits the desire for a time when love will triumph over justice and when the cruel tyranny of the gods will be replaced by a reign of benevolence. In this volume, “Prometheus Bound,” the final of the four plays featured, is the standout both as a work of literature in itself and in the reflection on man and cosmos which it inevitably engenders in the attentive reader. I recommend this volume to all, especially those interested in fine works of literature.

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