Prometheus Bound Essay

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Goetsch discusses the techniques necessary for the staging of Prometheus Bound, while also addressing the debate over the play's authorship. She concludes that it was possible for the play to have been written and performed during Aeschylus's time (although she notes that someone other than Aeschylus could have been its author), discussing several key elements of the play and how they could have been staged.

Prometheus Bound is a peculiarly controversial play. Scholars continue to debate both its authorship and its date—not to mention its quality—with considerable passion and not inconsiderable arguments. The major reason for dating the play late in the fifth century B.C.E. and thereby denying Aeschylus's authorship stems from the apparent demands for elaborate mechanical devices that were unavailable earlier in the century. A close examination, however, yields the opposite conclusion: performance of Prometheus does not require stage equipment or technology...

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