Thursday, May 6, 2010

Myths and Legends: Prometheus Bound

Prometheus Bound. To find out more about the Titan Prometheus, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

This shows the famous punishment of Prometheus: he had angered Zeus by violating Zeus' orders and choosing instead to give the gift of fire to man; for this defiance, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock and sent an eagle to gnaw at his liver. Each day, the liver would grow back and the eagle would return once again to the feast. In some versions of the story, Hermes was the god charged with carrying out Zeus' orders, and you can see Hermes shown here in the background of the painting.

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