The myth of Prometheus – Iseult Gillespie

The myth of Prometheus – Iseult Gillespie

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Before the creation of humanity, the Greek gods won a great battle against
a race of giants called the Titans. Most Titans were destroyed or
driven to the eternal hell of Tartarus. But the Titan Prometheus,
whose name means foresight, persuaded his brother Epimetheus
to fight with him on the side of the gods. As thanks, Zeus entrusted the brothers with the task of creating
all living things. Epimetheus was to distribute the gifts
of the gods among the creatures. To some, he gave flight; to others, the ability
to move through water or race through grass. He gave the beasts glittering scales, soft fur, and sharp claws. Meanwhile, Prometheus shaped
the first humans out of mud. He formed them in the image of the gods, but Zeus decreed
they were too remain mortal and worship the inhabitants
of Mount Olympus from below. Zeus deemed humans subservient
creatures vulnerable to the elements and dependent on the gods for protection. However, Prometheus envisioned his crude
creations with a greater purpose. So when Zeus asked him to decide
how sacrifices would be made, the wily Prometheus planned a trick
that would give humans some advantage. He killed a bull and divided it
into two parts to present to Zeus. On one side, he concealed
the succulent flesh and skin under the unappealing belly of the animal. On the other, he hid the bones
under a thick layer of fat. When Zeus chose the seemingly
best portion for himself, he was outraged
at Prometheus’s deception. Fuming, Zeus forbade the use
of fire on Earth, whether to cook meat
or for any other purpose. But Prometheus refused to see
his creations denied this resource. And so, he scaled Mount Olympus
to steal fire from the workshop
of Hephaestus and Athena. He hid the flames in a hollow fennel stalk
and brought it safely down to the people. This gave them the power to harness
nature for their own benefit and ultimately dominate the natural order. With fire, humans could care
for themselves with food and warmth. But they could also forge weapons
and wage war. Prometheus’s flames acted as a catalyst
for the rapid progression of civilization. When Zeus looked down at this scene,
he realized what had happened. Prometheus had once again
wounded his pride and subverted his authority. Furious, Zeus imposed a brutal punishment. Prometheus was to be chained
to a cliff for eternity. Each day, he would be visited by a vulture
who would tear out his liver and each night his liver would grow back
to be attacked again in the morning. Although Prometheus remained
in perpetual agony, he never expressed regret
at his act of rebellion. His resilience in the face of oppression
made him a beloved figure in mythology. He was also celebrated for his mischievous
and inquisitive spirit, and for the knowledge, progress,
and power he brought to human hands. He’s also a recurring figure
in art and literature. In Percy Bysshe Shelley’s
lyrical drama “Prometheus Unbound,” the author imagines Prometheus
as a romantic hero who escapes and continues to spread
empathy and knowledge. Of his protagonist, Shelley wrote, “Prometheus is the type
of the highest perfection of moral and intellectual nature, impelled by the purest
and the truest motives to the best and noblest ends.” His wife Mary envisaged Prometheus
as a more cautionary figure and subtitled her novel
“Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.” This suggests the damage of corrupting
the natural order and remains relevant
to the ethical questions surrounding science and technology today. As hero, rebel, or trickster, Prometheus remains a symbol of our
capacity to capture the powers of nature, and ultimately, he reminds us of the potential
of individual acts to ignite the world.

100 thoughts on “The myth of Prometheus – Iseult Gillespie”

  1. Some of the gods except Persephone hades, and some others are not petty sobs like Zeus poisiden or Athena

  2. What were Prometheus and Epimetheus thinking when they gave life to cockroaches?

    Is this the true reason why Zeus killed him?

  3. I haven't seen one disagreeable person in the comment section but as soon as you talk about Jesus 😒

  4. Thanks Prometheus for giving the power of fire to a species led by selfishness and greed that destroys its own planet with it.

  5. Zeus above all was the god of Justice, fire symbolizes knowledge.
    If you look further into the myth you will find out that Zeus has given fire/knowledge to humans once before but they did not use it for good so they destroyed their world instead of making it better with this knowledge.
    So Zeus decided it was not fair for them to have knowledge/fire once again and Prometheus did not agree and gave it to them and that is why he was punished.
    Ask yourselves what are we modern humans doing with the ability to reason and knowledge today are we using it fairly and for good?
    Do we deserve it ?
    That is the esoteric meaning of the myth and the reason why Zeus was the king of all gods for the Hellenes.
    Without Justice and fairness humans are worse than many beasts.

  6. This animation was awesome! the final one kinda blew my mind props to the guys behind the screen you do a great job

  7. I don’t understand
    What about Jesus or God so he isn’t our creator🌚🙆‍♀️. Are our creators Greek gods 😣🌸

  8. Prometheus has the highest level of morality… Even after suffering he knew what he did was right even though he did not gain from it.

  9. This is proof that the gods ABUSE there power especially these gods: Athena Aphrodite and Zeus and Apollo

  10. Why all the good gods gotta be subordinate to the bad ones, may he rest even though he has no ability too rest

  11. i i i i like the animatiiiiooooooonnnnsss !1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1

  12. We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to study primitive peoples. I know it is amazing to think there were still those who had not completely harnessed fire into the 19th and 20th centuries. amazing…the story of evolution with fire harnessed. I am sorry that in today's world so much has been lost to political correctness. We do not have the true story of Prometheus …

  13. This is not right, men lived with the gods until Prometheus decided to play the trick and then Zues banished them. Prometheus the savior, more like condemned man and then gave them fire to make up for it.

  14. For those who feel bad for prometheus, at least, after 3000 years, Heracles/Hercules saved him while doing one of his labors

  15. Prometheus: Humans deserve to have fire!
    Humans in 2019: sets Amazon forest on fire
    Prometheus: I had to be imprisoned and have my gut eaten everyday for THIS?!

  16. Prometheus was punished by the gods for giving the gift of knowledge to man. He was cast into the bowels of the Earth and pecked by birds, It won't be enough. the answer is beneath us, her name is caroline.

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