Classic Remarks

Classic Remarks Redux: #7

#ClassicRemarksRedux – Thanks to the ladies at Pages Unbound for the prompts and inspiration.

See my intro post to find out more about my Classic Remarks Redux series. Thanks to the ladies at Pages Unbound for the prompts and inspiration.

Prompt #7 from Nov. 18, 2016: Which classic book do you wish had a sequel and why?

Hands down, my choice would be to see the rest of the Prometheia. The trilogy of plays that begins with Prometheus Bound, my favorite Greek Play.

Prometheus Bound, tragedy by Aeschylus, the dating of which is uncertain. The play concerns the god Prometheus, who in defiance of Zeus has saved humanity with his gift of fire. For this act Zeus has ordered that he be chained to a remote crag. Despite his seeming isolation, Prometheus is visited by the ancient god Oceanus, by a chorus of Oceanus’s daughters, by the “cow-headed” Io (another victim of Zeus), and finally by the god Hermes, who vainly demands from Prometheus his knowledge of a secret that could threaten Zeus’s power. After refusing to reveal his secret, Prometheus is cast into the underworld for further torture.” by The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica 

A very fast mock-up book cover for Prometheus Unbound

The other two plays in the trilogy, Prometheus Unbound and Prometheus the Fire-Bringer have only fragments remaining. So we have a great beginning to a story but not the whole story. A story that includes Greek mythology favorites Hercules, and Zeus.

Some authors have attempted to fill in the gaps. Most famously by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

It would be great if someone where to dig up a completed manuscript for the final two plays. For us to have the singular voice telling the whole story would be fantastic. Were an archeology team to uncover the manuscript and someone able to translate the trilogy into English I would buy it in a heartbeat, and jump it to the top of my TBR.

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