Prometheus

Mythological Dictionary

Prometheus or promethean.
The god Prometheus ("forethought"), son of the titan Iapetus, was the creator of humanity and its benefactor. He bestowed upon mortals many gifts that lifted them from savagery to civilization. One of his most potent benefactions was fire, which he stole from heaven in a fennel stalk to give to mankind a boon expressly forbidden by Zeus. As a punishment for his championship of human beings in opposition to Zeus, Prometheus was bound to a rocky crag and a vulture ate at his liver, which would grow back again for each day's repast. Thus the name Prometheus becomes synonymous for the archetypal champion, with fire his symbol of defiance and progress. The adjective Promethean means courageous, creative, original, and life-sustaining. Beethoven's music may be called Promethean and Mary Shelley subtitled her gothic horror novel Frankenstein, A Modern Prometheus.

 
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