Prometheus the myth

Posted by: Maria Atalanti

Published on: 21/09/2020

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Prometheus was a Titan, son of Iapetus and the Ocean Nymph Asia. His name means “prudent”. It is produced by the preposition “pro” which means before and the noun “mitis” which means thought.

During the battle between Zeus and the Titans, he advocated for Zeus and so, after the predominance of Zeus, he was not punished like the other Titans.

Together with his brother Epimetheus, he created humans and gave the different characteristics to animals and humans. It was Prometheus who saved the human race from the flood by the creation of the ark. He gave people the fire and taught them the sciences (architecture, mathematics, astronomy, metallurgy, navigation, and medicine). For his actions he was punished by Zeus, who wished to destroy the human race or at least to prevent it from developing so much.

He tied him with steel chains on the Caucasus and sent an eagle to eat his liver, which every morning was renewed because Prometheus was immortal. This torment lasted many years, until Hercules freed him.

The myth of Prometheus inspired Aeschylus and wrote the tragedy “Prometheus Bond”.





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