Prometheus

The word Promethean describes a daringly creative or defiantly original act, because of the Titan Prometheus, who defied the wrath of the gods in order to benefit humankind. (The full title of Mary Shelley's famous novel is "Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus".)







The Myth of Prometheus

Prometheus, one of the Titans (the firstborn sons of Earth), was a great benefactor of humankind. Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to mortals, carrying it away from Mount Olympus in a fennel stalk (a method of transporting fire that was used down into historical times). As a consequence, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock where an eagle picked at his innards.

More about Prometheus, from the Website of Karl Gregory Jones.

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