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Prometheus > Apollodorus‘ very nice, satisfying, complete account

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Prometheus moulded men from water and earth and gave them also fire, hiding it from Zeus in a fennel stalk. But when Zeus learned of it, he ordered Hephaestus to nail his body to Mount Caucasus (this is a Scythian mountain). On it Prometheus was nailed and bound for many years. Each day an eagle swooped on him and ate the lobes of his liver, which grew back each night. And Prometheus paid this penalty for the theft of fire until Hercules released him later, as we will make clear in the section on Hercules.

(Apollodorus, Library I.vii.1)


This sense of completeness can be misleading, however, since no Greek of the archaic or classical period would ever have encountered such a rational and comprehensive version of Prometheus’ mythic career


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Random association: I feel better about Odysseus’s “ending” in Homer’s epic, knowing incompleteness is the norm and not especially ominous. Also, Eve of the Festival: Making Myth in Odyssey 19 Suggests it’s meant to suggest cyclical, like perpetual youth and maturation initiation cycles.


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