Prometheus – Suffered for Us

N S Gill - Ancient/Classical History

(c. 1817)  By Heinrich Friedrich Füger: Prometheus brings fire to mankind (as told by Hesiod), with its having been hidden as revenge for the trick at Mecone. PD Courtesy of Shuishouyue and Wikipedia. (c. 1817) By Heinrich Friedrich Füger: Prometheus brings fire to mankind (as told by Hesiod), with its having been hidden as revenge for the trick at Mecone. PD Courtesy of Shuishouyue and Wikipedia.

Zeus punished most of the Titans for fighting against him in the Titanomachy, but  Prometheus had not, so Zeus spared him. He entrusted to Prometheus the task of forming man from water and earth. Prometheus loved his creation, as a parent, but Zeus didn’t think of humans in that way. The king of the gods wanted to keep mankind in its place and didn’t want them to share the luxury of fire manipulation. Fire was the new fashion among the gods since Hermes had only recently discovered how to produce it.

As a good parent, and realizing that fire was more than an unnecessary luxury, Prometheus determined to give his beloved quasi-offspring the benefits of fire, even if he had to…

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