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A Gift of Fire ΠΡΟΜΗΘΕΑΣ – Prometheus (The Rebel Titan)

Posted by: JENNY PANTELIDOU

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In Greek mythology, Prometheus was the creator of mankind. He was one of the Titans. He stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind, and was severely punished for it.

Prometheus was the son of Iapetus who was one of the Titans. The goddess Athena taught him architecture, astronomy, mathematics, navigation, medicine, and metallurgy, and he in turn taught them to humans. Zeus, the chief of the Greek gods, became angry at Prometheus for making people powerful by teaching them all these useful skills.

When the gods chose Prometheus as arbiter in a dispute, he fooled the gullible Zeus into picking the worst parts of the sacrificial bull by hiding them under a rich layer of fat. To punish Prometheus, Zeus withheld FIRE from men. "Let them eat their flesh raw," he declared. In response, Prometheus, snuck up to Mount Olympus, lit a torch from the sun, and hid a burning piece of charcoal in a hollow stalk. He slipped away with it and thus delivered fire to mankind.

Zeus wanted to revenge him, so he tried unsuccessfully to trick Prometheus' brother, Epimetheus, into accepting the beautiful but mischievous Pandora as a gift. Epimetheus, mindful of earlier advice from his brother, refused. Zeus got even madder now that his trick had failed, so he had Prometheus chained naked to a pillar in the Caucasian mountains. A griffon-vulture ate at Prometheus' liver all day long. During the bitter cold of the mountain night, the liver became whole again. So the punishment was endless, until Heracles (Hercules) finally killed the bird.

 

Prometheus is known to be one of the most interesting characters in Greek Mythology.

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