Saturday, January 28, 2006

Prometheus - Προμηθεύς (forethought)

I love the stories of ancient Greek lore - of Zeus, Hera, Artemis, Persephone etc.

One of my favourites is Prometheus, a titan (the titans led by Kronos ruled the world before they were overthrown by the gods headed by Zeus - indeed Zeus was a son of Kronos).

Anyway, Prometheus and his brother Epimetheus (afterthought) were responsible for creating the living creatures on earth - Epimetheus of all the creatures, and Prometheus of man (males).

Prometheus took his time and made man in the gods' image. As he took so long, the gifts of Zeus (like claws, feathers etc) were used up for the creatures and mankind got cold.

That was the reason why he stole fire from the gods to give to them.

Anyway, Zeus was furious and as punishment (there was a fair bit of a back story in between too including the introduction of woman, Pandora etc), Prometheus was tied to a rock at Mount Caucasus and an eagle would eat his liver. His liver would grow back again, and the eagle would eat it again... for 30,000 years.

After 30 years, Heracles (Hercules) freed him. This time, Zeus allowed him to return to Olympus.

Prometheus is a cool name and there are many objects or ideas named after him.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


Today was warm. I napped for most of it. I tried to lie on my human's lap but he told me it was too hot. He later had an early afternoon nap in bed (not the couch) so I joined him and sat there looking at him for ages while he slept.


Blogger Honeysuckle said...


Sunday, 29 January, 2006  
Blogger The chick said...

Eagles sound every bit as bad as cockatoos.

Sunday, 29 January, 2006  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home