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Prometheus PT. 1 #65: Prometheus: Archetypal Image of Human Existence

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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 Kerényi 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. Kerényi 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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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 Kerényi 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. Kerényi 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.

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Introduction
IWho Is Goethe's Prometheus?3
IIThe Titanic, and the Eternity of the Human Race19
IIIThe Prometheus Mythologem in the 'Theogony'33
IVArchaic Prometheus Mythology50
VMethodological Intermezzo63
VIThe World in Possession of Fire69
VIIThe Fire Stealer77
VIIIThe 'Prometheus Bound'83
IXPrometheus the Knowing One93
XThe Promethean Prophecy107
XI'Prometheus Delivered'112
XIIConclusion after Goethe129
Abbreviations134
List of Works Cited135
Index145

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691019079
Translator:
Manheim, Ralph
Author:
Kerenyi, Carl
Author:
Kernyi, Carl
Author:
Kerenyi, Karl
Author:
Manheim, Ralph
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Antiquities & Archaeology
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Archetype (psychology)
Subject:
Prometheus (greek mythology)
Subject:
Archetype (Psychology) in literature.
Subject:
Archetype
Subject:
Prometheus
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
Prometheus (Greek deity)
Subject:
Mythology-General
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Prometheus PT. 1
Series Volume:
v. 265, 1
Publication Date:
November 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 plates
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 9 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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 Kerényi 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. Kerényi 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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