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Prometheus

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    Human beings owe pretty much everything to Prometheus, the Titan god of foresight. Not only did he make the first men out of clay, he also gave us fire, which he snuck away from the altar of Zeus in a fennel stalk. Poor Prometheus paid big time for this little burglary—Zeus had him chained to a rock, where every day eagles would come and eat his liver. To make matters worse, each night his liver would grow back, so the eagles would have a tasty liver snack all ready for them the next day. According to some folks, Heracles came by years later, set Prometheus free, and got Zeus to pardon the hero of mankind. Phew.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Prometheus

    Nickname

    Firebringer, The champion of mankind, Hot stuff

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    I have a Winnebago and kind of tour around. I don't really like staying in one place too long because I spent so many years chained to a rock.

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Titan god of foresight, Teacher

    Education

    The Fates' School of Fortunetelling

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Down with all tyrants

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Iapetos (Dad)
    Klymene (Mom)

    Siblings

    Epimetheus
    Atlas
    Menoetius

    Children

    Deucalion

    Friends

    All mankind (I created them, after all)
    Epimetheus (My brother is pretty forgetful, but he's a good guy)

    Enemies

    Kronos (The whole siding-with-the-Olympians thing didn't help my cause)
    Atlas (My brother is still ticked off at me about the war—you should see the things he posts on my timeline)
    Zeus (Whatever—the people totally needed that fire!)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Pronoia

    Interested in

    Sea nymphs like my wife (I just have a thing for them)

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    The Science Channel (I know I'm a dork, but I love to learn.)
    The Discovery Channel
    The Gilmore Girls (I just kind of can't help myself.)

    Quotations

    "I think, therefore I am."
    – René Descartes

    "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing."
    – Thomas Jefferson

    "Neither fire, nor wind, nor death can erase our good deeds."
    – Buddha

    "Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice."
    – David Kenyon Webster

    "I'm a lonely boy."
    – The Black Keys

    Books

    All My Sons by Arthur Miller (A great play about the personal responsibility we all have to do the right thing for the good of everybody. Just sayin'.)
    The Crucible by Arthur Miller (Totally shows how "justice" can go awry.)
    Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw (Joan was not afraid to stand up to the powers that be.)
    Animal Farm by George Orwell (Zeus's regime is just as oppressive as Napoleon the pig's.)
    "A Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka
    "To Build a Fire" by Jack London
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (It's just awful to keep knowledge away from people.)
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley (Not a lot of people know that that's the full title.)
    "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas

    Music

    We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel (That's right, Billy—I'm the one who started it.)
    Lonely Boy by The Black Keys 
    Light My Fire by The Doors
    Live to Rise by Soundgarden
    Set Fire to the Rain by Adele
    Paradise by Coldplay (Spent a long time wishing for paradise when I was chained to that rock.)
    Teach Your Children Well by Crosby Stills Nash and Young
    Play With Fire by The Rolling Stones

    Movies

    Dead Poets Society
    The Motorcycle Diaries (Che rocks.)
    Prometheus (And not just because it has my name!)
    The Dictator (This guy reminds me of Zeus.)
    Stand and Deliver
    127 Hours (Only 127? I was trapped on a rock for way longer than that.)
    Frankenstein
    Young Frankenstein
    The Hunger Games
    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Fire
    Human beings
    Gorgonzola cheese (I used to hate it, but it just kind of grows on you)
    Play Dough (It would've been a lot easier to mold men out of this stuff)
    Wii Bowling (Just think—if I'd never given mankind fire, then you all never would have achieved the creation of this amazing game.)

    Interests

    Rebellion
    Education
    Pyrotechnics
    Prophecy

    Groups

    Titans
    Teachers Union
    Pyromaniacs
    Sculptors

    • Spotter's Guide

      Prometheus, huh? Yeah, you should totally get some face-time with him if you have a chance. He created mankind out of clay, so he's super friendly to any human who wants to have a chat. He'll probably want to talk about when he defied Zeus by teaching humans the secret of fire. He got in mad trouble for that one—Zeus chained him to a rock and had eagles eat his liver everyday. Heracles set him free eventually, but you probably shouldn't mention it when you see him. He's still kind of sensitive about it. You can probably see why. That kind of thing has got to totally mess you up, right?

      Sex: Male
      Age: Middle-aged
      Build: Skinny
      Complexion: Tan
      Hair Color: Brown
      Facial Hair: Beard
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Horrible scars from being ripped open by birds everyday
      Jewelry and accessories: Nah
      Clothing: Robes
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Knowledge (booya)

      Typical Companions:

      He's kind of a loner these days.

      Known Hangouts:

      Olympus (Before he got kicked out)
      A Rock in the Caucus Mountains
      The library (Knowledge is power)

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Theogony by Hesiod

      This poem is one of the oldest versions of the rise and fall of Prometheus.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Works and Days by Hesiod

      Hesiod takes another pass at the Prometheus myth. Hey, why not? It went over well the first time.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus

      Check out the only surviving play from Aeschylus' trilogy about mankind's best buddy.

      Dec 20, 1772 - Dec 20, 1774

      "Prometheus" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

      Prometheus does a lot smack talking to Zeus in this classic German poem of the Sturm and Drang Movement.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley

      Since Aeschylus's sequel to Prometheus Bound was lost, Shelley thought he'd fill in the blanks with his own play.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      "Prometheus" by Franz Kafka

      Kafka spins four different versions of Prometheus' tale in this short story.

      Dec 20, 1982

      Marvel Comics

      Prometheus made his first appearance in the Marvel Universe in the Avengers #282, when he helped the superhero team fight Zeus, Poseidon, and some other big bossy Olympians.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

      In this awesome novel for young adults, Prometheus gives Percy Jackson Pandora's jar of hope to help him battle Kronos.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War II

      In this bloody video game, Kratos releases Prometheus from his eternal torment by helping him die.