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Echoes Of The Prometheia In Euripides’ Andromeda?

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Euripides' Andromeda, when it was first put on at the City Dionysia in Athens in 412 bce, seems to have created a sensation. When news got around that among the Euripidean offerings at the forthcoming Dionysia was a version of Andromeda story, what kind of expectations were aroused in prospective audience members? They would have been familiar with the general outlines of the story since Perseus was a figure from the earliest strata of Greek myth. Author noticed some striking similarities between Andromeda and the Prometheia, the group of plays, purportedly by Aiskhylos, dealing with Prometheus story. Bibliographical lucubrations revealed that certain of the parallels had been noticed by a few critics, but these had not been brought out with the emphasis they deserved. Indeed, the parallel in general terms between Prometheus and heroine of Euripides' play is hard to miss, especially in light of a passage in Akhilleus Tatios.

Keywords: Aiskhylos; Akhilleus Tatios; Andromeda; Euripides; Greek myth; Perseus; Prometheia



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