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Author Kerenyi, Karl, 1897-1973.

Uniform Title Prometheus. English
Title Prometheus : archetypal image of human existence / Carl Kerenyi ; translated from the German by Ralph Manheim.

Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1997]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection  292.211 K454p 1997    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xxvi, 152 p., 16 p. of plates : ill. ; 20 cm.
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Series Bollingen series ; 65, 1
Archetypal images of Greek religion ; v. 1
Princeton paperbacks
Kerenyi, Karl, 1897-1973. Archetypal images in Greek religion ; v. 1.
Bollingen series ; 65, 1.
Mythos (Princeton, N.J.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 135-143) and index.
Contents I. Who Is Goethe's Prometheus? -- II. The Titanic, and the Eternity of the Human Race -- III. The Prometheus Mythologem in the 'Theogony' -- IV. Archaic Prometheus Mythology -- V. Methodological Intermezzo -- VI. The World in Possession of Fire -- VII. The Fire Stealer -- VIII. The 'Prometheus Bound' -- IX. Prometheus the Knowing One -- X. The Promethean Prophecy -- XI. 'Prometheus Delivered' -- XII. Conclusion after Goethe.
Summary "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 Kerenyi 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. Kerenyi traces the evolving myth from Hesiod and Aeschylus, and in its epic treatment by Goethe and Shelly; 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Language Translation of: Prometheus : die menschliche Existenz in griechischer Deutung.
Subject Prometheus (Greek deity)
Archetype (Psychology) in literature.
Archetype (Psychology) (OCoLC)fst00813067
Literature. (OCoLC)fst00999953
Prometheus (Greek deity) (OCoLC)fst01078888
ISBN 069101907X (alk. paper)
9780691019079 (alk. paper)

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