Prometheus - Archetypal Image of Human Existence
Edition: 1998 (Revised)
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Description: 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.
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List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/30/1997
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
|List of Plates|
|Who Is Goethe's Prometheus?|
|The Titanic, and the Eternity of the Human Race|
|The Prometheus Mythologem in the 'Theogony'|
|Archaic Prometheus Mythology|
|The World in Possession of Fire|
|The Fire Stealer|
|The 'Prometheus Bound'|
|Prometheus the Knowing One|
|The Promethean Prophecy|
|Conclusion after Goethe|
|List of Works Cited|