Prometheus

Johnathan Jillson, Raleigh Simmonds

Prometheus

Prometheus: Greek for "Forethought"


Prometheus, was a Titan in Greek Mythology. He is best known as the creator of mankind who stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave it to the mortals. Prometheus and Epimetheus sided with the Greek Gods during the Titanomachy, which was the war between the Titans and the Olympians. As a result they were not banished to Tartarus when the Titans lost the war. Instead they were given the task of creating man.

Prometheus gave Epimetheus the task of assigning certain qualities to the creatures of Earth. By the time Epimetheus got to humans he had ran out of all the good qualities, so Prometheus decided man would stand upright like the gods and also gave them fire. Zeus got mad when Prometheus played a trick on him and took fire away from man, but Prometheus lit a torch from the sun and returned it. To punish humans, Zeus created Pandoras box, and Prometheus was chained to a rock to have his liver eaten by an eagle everyday.