Mythic Heroes: Prometheus

Modern Prometheus at Rockefeller

In Greek mythology, a hero was a strong and courageous individual who performed bold feats and embarked on dangerous exploits and was favored by the gods.  Prometheus was the Titan god of forethought and crafty counsel who was entrusted with the task of moulding mankind out of clay. As a friend of man, he attempted to better the lives of men which brought him into conflict with Zeus. First, he tricked the gods out of the best portion of the sacrificial feast and gave the meat to man. Then, he stole fire from Zeus hidden inside a fennel-stalk and delivered it to mortals.

Pandora

As punishment for his offenses, Zeus ordered the creation of Pandora (the first woman) as a means to deliver misfortune to man. She was given to Prometheus’s brother who had the care of a box.  Pandora, of course, opened the box and released all the evils into the world onto man.

Prometheus Punished

Zeus doubly punished Prometheus for his crime by having him bound to a rock on Mount Kaukasos where an eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day. Many years later, the hero Hercules released Prometheus from his torture by killing the eagle.

Tomorrow, The Hero Hercules  Rita Bay

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