| by Kenneth Chase | 34 comments

The myth of Prometheus – Iseult Gillespie


Before the creation of humanity, the Greek gods won a great battle against
a race of giants called the Titans. Most Titans were destroyed or
driven to the eternal hell of Tartarus. But the Titan Prometheus,
whose name means foresight, persuaded his brother Epimetheus
to fight with him on the side of the gods. As thanks, Zeus entrusted the brothers with the task of creating
all living things. Epimetheus was to distribute the gifts
of the gods among the creatures. To some, he gave flight; to others, the ability
to move through water or race through grass. He gave the beasts glittering scales, soft fur, and sharp claws. Meanwhile, Prometheus shaped
the first humans out of mud. He formed them in the image of the gods, but Zeus decreed
they were too remain mortal and worship the inhabitants
of Mount Olympus from below. Zeus deemed humans subservient
creatures vulnerable to the elements and dependent on the gods for protection. However, Prometheus envisioned his crude
creations with a greater purpose. So when Zeus asked him to decide
how sacrifices would be made, the wily Prometheus planned a trick
that would give humans some advantage. He killed a bull and divided it
into two parts to present to Zeus. On one side, he concealed
the succulent flesh and skin under the unappealing belly of the animal. On the other, he hid the bones
under a thick layer of fat. When Zeus chose the seemingly
best portion for himself, he was outraged
at Prometheus’s deception. Fuming, Zeus forbade the use
of fire on Earth, whether to cook meat
or for any other purpose. But Prometheus refused to see
his creations denied this resource. And so, he scaled Mount Olympus
to steal fire from the workshop
of Hephaestus and Athena. He hid the flames in a hollow fennel stalk
and brought it safely down to the people. This gave them the power to harness
nature for their own benefit and ultimately dominate the natural order. With fire, humans could care
for themselves with food and warmth. But they could also forge weapons
and wage war. Prometheus’s flames acted as a catalyst
for the rapid progression of civilization. When Zeus looked down at this scene,
he realized what had happened. Prometheus had once again
wounded his pride and subverted his authority. Furious, Zeus imposed a brutal punishment. Prometheus was to be chained
to a cliff for eternity. Each day, he would be visited by a vulture
who would tear out his liver and each night his liver would grow back
to be attacked again in the morning. Although Prometheus remained
in perpetual agony, he never expressed regret
at his act of rebellion. His resilience in the face of oppression
made him a beloved figure in mythology. He was also celebrated for his mischievous
and inquisitive spirit, and for the knowledge, progress,
and power he brought to human hands. He’s also a recurring figure
in art and literature. In Percy Bysshe Shelley’s
lyrical drama “Prometheus Unbound,” the author imagines Prometheus
as a romantic hero who escapes and continues to spread
empathy and knowledge. Of his protagonist, Shelley wrote, “Prometheus is the type
of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual nature, impelled by the purest
and the truest motives to the best and noblest ends.” His wife Mary envisaged Prometheus
as a more cautionary figure and subtitled her novel
“Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.” This suggests the damage of corrupting
the natural order and remains relevant
to the ethical questions surrounding science and technology today. As hero, rebel, or trickster, Prometheus remains a symbol of our
capacity to capture the powers of nature, and ultimately, he reminds us of the potential
of individual acts to ignite the world.

34 Comments

RC CENTER

Sep 9, 2019, 5:12 am Reply

the giants were a race of titans!

Nevermind

Sep 9, 2019, 9:18 am Reply

https://www.remotasks.com/r/RDYQ9CPB

Gut Eater

Sep 9, 2019, 2:09 pm Reply

Why this myth sounds familiar ?

Did they copied the greeks myth to make Jesus ?

Smitty Cle

Sep 9, 2019, 8:38 pm Reply

Heracles rescued him

FoxHawkPvP

Sep 9, 2019, 8:55 pm Reply

The version I believe is that prometheus stole fire because he thought that humans needed it, because prometheus asked zeus asked if he could give them fire but zeus said no.
Edit: also, he was freed by Hercules later on, and didn't have to suffer forever.

Stanley McIntyre

Sep 9, 2019, 10:09 pm Reply

The Story behind the Legendary Caucas Mountains, Home of the early Caucasian Race Humans, Children of Promeatius.

SubscribeItWontHURT

Sep 9, 2019, 3:07 pm Reply

Then Kratos pay his respect to Prometheus by beheading all slaying the entire Greek Pantheon

Amrit S

Sep 9, 2019, 8:00 pm Reply

FREE PROMETHEUS TILLS ITS BACKWARDS ????

Spotted Hyena

Sep 9, 2019, 11:08 am Reply

Zeus Banned Prometheus from his Ancient Greek Minecraft Server For Using Fire

snowwhitewitch

Sep 9, 2019, 1:10 pm Reply

And then he was captured again and Xena freed him.

KHTimeProtecter

Sep 9, 2019, 6:14 am Reply

It wasn’t a vulture that tore out Prometheus’ liver, it was an eagle.

Dumbo Octopus

Sep 9, 2019, 12:43 am Reply

Then zues banged a lot of them.

Skaterdaddymilo hAhA

Sep 9, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

Bro I Stan Prometheus I love him

XxMoon StonexX

Sep 9, 2019, 8:47 pm Reply

Do Pandora’s box

Obey Drips

Sep 9, 2019, 9:27 pm Reply

Zeus and Cronos father like son

Some Guy u don’t know

Sep 9, 2019, 8:12 pm Reply

So Zeus isnt Omnipresent

Some Guy u don’t know

Sep 9, 2019, 8:13 pm Reply

Promethirst the man u wanted to be ur online friend

Brett Carter

Sep 9, 2019, 6:36 pm Reply

He was later saved by hercules

Anirban Kar

Sep 9, 2019, 6:40 pm Reply

I’m not sure if this is factually correct. The fire was stolen first, which was forgiven because the sacrifices continued but then Zeus was deceived. This audacity on Prometheus’ part made Zeus impose such a punishment on him. He was eventually freed by Hercules during the task where he had to fetch the golden apples. Zeus allowed did because he was impressed by his son Hercules’ strength. In fact, it was Prometheus who suggested Hercules to seek help from Atlas, a titan, to pick those apples, as no mortal was powerful enough to do it.

NBA Carl21

Sep 9, 2019, 4:27 am Reply

Titans as in like attack on titan?

Benjamin Dellah

Oct 10, 2019, 12:19 am Reply

but how did the humans get the fire the first time

ash rein

Oct 10, 2019, 3:23 am Reply

so zues is maui

Danger418

Oct 10, 2019, 8:27 pm Reply

Prometheus is our homie.

J sJDhsjs

Oct 10, 2019, 9:27 pm Reply

It’s not a vulture it’s a eagle

Амина Кудзиева

Oct 10, 2019, 10:09 pm Reply

2:39

Ximen Williams

Oct 10, 2019, 7:57 pm Reply

In December or somewhere in 2020, I want to raid Mount Olympus. Who's with me? Zeus can't strike all of of!

Evan Gao

Oct 10, 2019, 11:51 pm Reply

You forgot the part where he gets released. To all the people that don’t know, he taunted Zeus by saying he knew that Zeus would die and he knows how to prevent it. So Zeus made Heracles release him and Prometheus told Zeus that if he married this one girl he liked, her son would kill Zeus and take his place of king of the gods.

Latte

Oct 10, 2019, 12:49 am Reply

Prometheus is more of a God than Zeus tbh

Kitty Cat

Oct 10, 2019, 10:42 pm Reply

We need to thank Prometheus for our lives! Or thank Prom-etheus for high school proms/dances! LOL

MrsLukeArnold

Oct 10, 2019, 8:32 am Reply

As Falco would say Rock me Prometheus!

VALHALLA YT

Oct 10, 2019, 4:31 pm Reply

Greeks god act like they are not god,act all selfish and abused their power ,don't be so salty zeus.

Edu Cunha – Comunicação e Desenvolvimento Pessoal

Oct 10, 2019, 7:36 pm Reply

Versão em Português https://youtu.be/VHsrXCMyQ6I

Ah Dindu Nuffin

Oct 10, 2019, 9:19 pm Reply

God Dammit, I could believe this Pantheon better than Christianity and all other religions we currently have.

Sir Sir

Oct 10, 2019, 5:36 am Reply

Zeus is like a needy teen girl who freaks out when she gets mad

Supa Su

Oct 10, 2019, 3:55 pm Reply

so touching.

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