One day, Prometheus said to his brother
Titans: "What is the use of wasting so much
strength? In the end, wisdom and forethought
will win. If we are going to fight against
the gods, let us choose a leader and stop
quarrelling among ourselves."
The Titans answered him by a shower of great
rocks and uprooted trees.
Prometheus, after escaping unhurt, said to
his younger brother: "Come,
can do nothing among these Titans. If they
keep on, they will tear the earth to pieces.
Let us go and help Zeus to overcome them."
Epimetheus agreed to this, and the two
brothers went over to Zeus, who called the
gods together and began a terrible battle.
The Titans tore up enormous boulders and
cast them at the gods, while Zeus hurled his
thunderbolts and his lightnings in all
directions. Soon the sky was a sheet of
flame, the sea boiled, the earth trembled,
and the forests took fire and began to burn.
At last the gods - partly by the help of the
wise counsel of Prometheus - conquered the
Titans, took them to the ends of the earth,
and imprisoned them in a deep underground
Neptune, the sea-god, made strong
bronze gates with heavy bolts and bars, to
keep the giants down, while Zeus sent Briareus and his brothers, three giants with
fifty heads and a hundred hands each, to
stand guard over them.
All but one of the Titans who had fought
against the gods were imprisoned in this
cavern. This one who was not shut in with
the others was Atlas, whose enormous
strength was greater than that of his
brothers, while his disposition was less
quarrelsome. He was made to stand and hold
up the sky on his head and hands.
As the Titans could now make no more
trouble, there was comparative peace and
quiet on the earth. Nevertheless, Zeus said
that, although the men who remained on the
earth were not so strong as the Titans, they
were a foolish and wicked race. He declared
that he would destroy them - sweep them
away, and have done with them, forever.
When their king said this, none of the gods
dared to say a word in defence of mankind.
But Prometheus, the Titan, who was
earth-born himself, and loved these men of
the earth, begged Zeus so earnestly to spare
them, that Zeus consented to do so.
At this time, men lived in dark, gloomy
caves. Their friend, Prometheus, taught them
to build simple houses, which were much more
comfortable than the caves had been. This
was a great step forward, but men needed
more help yet from the Titan. The beasts in
the forests, and the great birds that built
their nests on the rocks, were strong; but
men were weak. The lion had sharp claws and
teeth; the eagle had wings; the turtle had a
hard shell; but man, although he stood
upright with his face toward the stars, had
no weapon with which he could defend
Prometheus said that man should have Zeus's
wonderful flower of fire, which shone so
brightly in the sky. So he took a hollow
reed, went up to Olympus, stole the red
flower of fire, and brought it down to earth
in his reed.
After this, all the other creatures were
afraid of man, for this red flower had made
him stronger than they. Man dug iron out of
the earth, and by the help of his new fire
made weapons that were sharper than the
lion's teeth; he tamed the wild cattle by
the fear of it, yoked them together, and
taught them how to draw the plough; he
sharpened strong stakes, hardening them in
its heat, and set them around his house as a
defence from his enemies; he did many other
things besides with the red flower that
Prometheus had made to blossom at the end of
Zeus, sitting on his throne, saw with alarm
how strong man was becoming. One day he
discovered the theft of his shining red
flower, and knew that Prometheus was the
thief. He was greatly displeased at this
"Prometheus loves man too well," said he.
"He shall be punished." Then he called his
two slaves, Strength and Force, and told
them to take Prometheus and bind him fast to
a great rock in the lonely Caucasian
Mountains. At the same time he ordered
Vulcan, the lame smith-god, to rivet the
Titan's chains - in a cunning way that only
There Prometheus hung on the rock for
hundreds of years. The sun shone on him
pitilessly, by day - only the kindly night
gave him shade. He heard the rushing wings
of the sea-gulls, as they came to feed their
young who cried from the rocks below. The
sea-nymphs floated up to his rock to give
him their pity. A vulture, cruel as the king
of the gods, came daily and tore him with
its claws and beak.
But this frightful punishment did not last
forever. Prometheus himself knew that some
day he should be set free, and this
knowledge made him strong to endure.
At last the time came when Zeus's throne was
in danger, and Prometheus, pitying his
enemy, told him a secret which helped him to
make everything safe again. After this, Zeus
sent Hercules to shoot the vulture and to
break the Titan's chains. So Prometheus was
The Legend and Myth of Prometheus the Titan
The Myth of Prometheus the Titan
The story of Prometheus the Titan is featured in the book
entitled Favorite Greek Myths by Lilian
Stoughton Hyde, published in 1904 by D. C.
Heath and Company.
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were killed or punished by the gods. The
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