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See above, pp. ] Suppl. 524ff. Ag. 163 tf. • Gefesseltes Prometheus (1844). 32 The Prometheus Vinctus and Schoemann, was quite mistaken in supposing that he had done a service to mankind by creating the arts of civilization; all he had invented was technology, a nasty thing which does people harm by making them rich and materialistic. I Correspondingly great efforts were made to whitewash the Zeus of the Prometlzeus Vinctus. Sikes and Willson express the accepted judgement of their time when they observe in their preface to the play: 'Prometheus had sinned, and was further sinning; Zeus was acting within his rights in punishing the sinner at the commencement of the play, and in adding to his punishment at the end ...
The potter's wheel, which we might expect to find mentioned, is left out: apparently it was too f3avavuos, too 'technological', for Aeschylus. It would be easier (though for other reasons still wrong) to find 'bold materialism' in the Ode to Man in the Antigone. [See above, pp. ] 2 'The Religious Background of the Prometheus Vinctus', Harv. Stud. in Class. Philol. 3 I (I 920)' s6. V. 231 ff. the Progress of Scholarship 33 the evidence, attempts which in origin seem to reflect the extremely conservative and monarchist tendencies of nineteenthcentury universities, especially in Germany.
All that he has added to the Hesiodic tradition-Prometheus' new status as son of Themis, the goddess of Justice, and as inventor of all arts and sciences, his services to Zeus in the war against the Titans, and his frustration of the plan to destroy mankind, not to mention the Io scene-all this tends to exalt the character of Prometheus and to blacken that of his divine adversary. Had Aeschylus meant us to think ofZeus as 'stern but just', ofPrometheus as (in the words of a German textbook) 'an impertinent reformer', he could and presumably would have written the play otherwise.
Ancient Concept of Progress and Other Essays on Greek Literature and Belief by E. R. Dodds