chapter  4
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The 'Prometheus Vinctus'

Aeschylus was committed here to the task of turning a long series of events into drama almost without the help of action. He has to outline the relations between Zeus and Prometheus from the beginning - how Prometheus deserted the Titans and helped Zeus to victory because the Titans were too unintelligent, Zeus not, to make use of his stratagems (297 fE); how he saved the human race from Zeus (231 fE); how, doing this from sheer pity of man, he went further and taught man all the arts of life. The rage of Zeus, the punishment of Prometheus, his continued defiance and his long-distant hope complete this part of the story, and form the

only part which can be represented on the stage. Aeschylus in fact dramatizes the emotions and not the events.