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The Story of Prometheus from Ancient Mythology
Read about gods, goddesses and mythical creatures in the myth story of Prometheus

Prometheus
The short mythical story of Prometheus is one of the famous legends that feature in the mythology of ancient civilizations. Discover the myths about the ancient gods, goddesses, demigods and heroes and the terrifying monsters and creatures they encountered on their perilous journeys and quests. The amazing story of Prometheus really is easy reading for kids and children who are learning about the history, myths and legends of the ancients. Additional facts and information about the mythology and legends of individual gods and goddesses of these ancient civilizations can be accessed via the following links: Additional facts and information about the mythology and legends of individual gods and goddesses of these ancient civilizations can be accessed via the following links:

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Prometheus
The mythical story of Prometheus
by Emma M. Firth

The Myth of Prometheus
From the top of Mount Olympus, stretching far across the broad plains of the sky, lay the Milky Way, along which were scattered the fine palaces of the gods. In one of these grand palaces lived two giants, Prometheus and Epimetheus. They were brothers, and were much beloved because of their goodness and wisdom.

Prometheus was, perhaps, the wiser of the two. His visions and speech were those of a prophet, and he saw far into the future. He even knew of events which were to take place on Mount Olympus, and could foretell the deeds of Zeus himself. One day he looked down upon the earth, and saw that men were neither as wise nor as happy as they might be; and he determined to help them by doing a daring deed.

This was neither more nor less than the stealing of the fire which the gods held sacred. Prometheus saw how, in many ways, it would help and benefit mankind, and without hesitation, he took it to the earth, and gave it to the savage men who were living in cheerless caves, and were cold and hungry, unloving and unloved. After they had received the gift of fire, these savage men began to grow wiser, and to build better houses, eat better food, and dress in better clothing. Soon Zeus saw that a great change had taken place in the lives of the people of the earth; but instead of being glad, he was very angry, for he thought that Prometheus desired to take his place as ruler over the gods. He was angry, too, because Prometheus had stolen the sacred fire.

Prometheus

Prometheus

So he planned a terrible punishment for the kind-hearted giant, who had never dreamed of doing an injury to Zeus. Two heartless giants, Force and Strength, were called, together with the mighty blacksmith. Hephaestus, before the throne of Zeus; and the three were commanded to chain Prometheus to the rocks which overlooked the angry seaways. Not content with thus making a captive of the good giant. Zeus sent a vulture to torment him with its beak and talons. It was hard to suffer thus for doing what he had thought was right and good. Force and Strength riveted the chains upon Prometheus' arms and ankles, as if they enjoyed the work; but Hephaestus had a kind heart, after all. for he said. ' I dread to bind a kindred god to this wild cliff, but I must steel my soul and dare. Zeus' high commands require a prompt obedience."

They left Prometheus alone, with only the sky and sea for company; but the sky was pitiless, and the waves sighed and moaned, as also did Prometheus, but not because of the pain he was forced to withstand from the cruel bands and savage vultures. His greatest pain was the thought of the ingratitude of Zeus; for once, when the angry Titans had planned to drive him from his throne, Prometheus had, by his counsel, changed their designs.

While Prometheus lay chained to the rocks, a group of water-nymphs came up out of the ocean, and sang to him songs of comfort and sympathy. " Why art thou here, great Prometheus?" they sang. "Tell us, for what offence does Zeus inflict this punishment?

The Water Nymphs

Sea Nymphs

Then Prometheus told them how he had stolen the fire from heaven, and had given it to men; how he had put Hope into their hearts, and had given them memory; how he had taught them to watch the stars, the changing seasons, and the varying winds; how to yoke the ox, and train the steed to whirl the rapid chariot.
"I taught them to build the tall bark, and to guide its course while lightly bounding over the waves; how to search deep into the earth for her treasures; how to chase each pale disease and soften pain; and, in a word, Prometheus taught each useful art to men, yet have I not the art which shall free me from these chains." The nymphs again and again came to bring solace to the unhappy Prometheus; and you will be glad to know that he was freed at last, after much suffering; for thus do freedom and right always triumph.

The Legend and Myth about Prometheus

The Myth of Prometheus
The story of Prometheus is featured in the book entitled Stories of Old Greece by Emma M. Firth first published 1895.

Prometheus - A Myth with a Moral
Many of the ancient Myth Stories, like the legend of Prometheus, incorporate tales with morals that provided the old story-tellers with short examples of exciting tales for kids and children of how to act and behave and reflected important life lessons. The characters of the heroes in this type of fable demonstrated the virtues of courage, love, loyalty, strength, perseverance, leadership and self reliance. Whereas the villains demonstrated all of the vices and were killed or punished by the gods. The old, famous myth story and fable, like Prometheus, were designed to entertain, thrill and inspire their young listeners...

The Myth of Prometheus - the Magical World of Myth & Legend
The story of Prometheus is one of the fantastic stories featured in ancient mythology and legends. Such stories serve as a doorway to enter the world of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The names of so many of the heroes and characters are known today through movies and games but the actual story about such characters are unknown. Reading a myth story such as Prometheus is the easy way to learn about the stories of the classics.

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The Magical World of Myth and Legend

The Short Story and Myth of Prometheus
The myth about Prometheus is featured in the book entitled Stories of Old Greece by Emma M. Firth first published 1895. Learn about the exciting adventures and dangerous quests undertaken by the mythical characters that feature in the hero myths, fables and stories about the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece and Rome that are available on this website.

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