Classical Week features ‘Prometheus Bound’ this week

Contact: Madison Welzbacher

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College is celebrating its annual Classical Week with a performance of  “Prometheus Bound,” an ancient Greek tragedy by Aeschylus.

The play will be staged on Tuesday [Sept. 21] and Wednesday [Sept. 22] at 6 p.m. in historic Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. The event is free to all.

Cast members are comprised entirely of honors students from a variety of majors. All students are first-semester freshmen, with the exception of one sophomore.

“Prometheus Bound” is the tale of Prometheus, who presents humans with fire after stealing it from Zeus. As punishment, he is tied to a cliff to suffer for all eternity. Many gods and mortals come to visit him to seek answers for their own conflicts, as well as other questions dealing with morality.

On Thursday [Sept. 23], University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Richard Eldridge will present a 4 p.m. lecture “Aeschylus, Homer, and Plato: Why Inconsistency About Justice is Interesting” in Griffis Hall.

Additional details about Classical Week, dedicated annually to ancient Greek and Roman culture, may be found at visit

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 3:00 pm