Prometheus - Archetypal Image of Human Existence

ISBN-10: 069101907X
ISBN-13: 9780691019079
Edition: 1998
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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/30/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Prometheus the god stole fire from heaven and bestowed it on humans. In punishment, Zeus chained him to a rock, where an eagle clawed unceasingly at his liver, until Herakles freed him. For the Greeks, the myth of Prometheus's release reflected a primordial law of existence and the fate of humankind. Carl Kereacute;nyi examines the story of Prometheus and the very process of mythmaking as a reflection of the archetypal function and seeks to discover how this primitive tale was invested with a universal fatality, first in the Greek imagination, and then in the Western tradition of Romantic poetry. Kereacute;nyi traces the evolving myth from Hesiod and Aeschylus, and in its epic treatment by Goethe and Shelley; he moves on to consider the myth from the perspective of Jungian psychology, as the archetype of human daring signifying the transformation of suffering into the mystery of the sacrifice.

List of Plates
Introduction
Who Is Goethe's Prometheus?
The Titanic, and the Eternity of the Human Race
The Prometheus Mythologem in the 'Theogony'
Archaic Prometheus Mythology
Methodological Intermezzo
The World in Possession of Fire
The Fire Stealer
The 'Prometheus Bound'
Prometheus the Knowing One
The Promethean Prophecy
'Prometheus Delivered'
Conclusion after Goethe
Abbreviations
List of Works Cited
Index

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