The Greek Myths - Chapter 10, Prometheus the Titan Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 10, Prometheus the Titan Summary and Analysis

Prometheus is credited with the being the divine "father" of humanity. Prometheus is a Titan rather than a god. Hebrew and Christian theology has sometimes claimed that Prometheus was actually Lucifer. In other cases he is simply dismissed as an error. Right or wrong, according to the Greeks, Prometheus is famous and powerful as a guardian of mankind. There are times when he was punished for this role. Prometheus, in a later story, was credited with having brought the power of fire making to humanity and was punished for this or some deed like it by being chained to a wall of rock and having his liver eaten out by a bird of prey daily; since Prometheus is immortal, this doesn't kill him.

More of the major figures found in the remnants of Grecian history are covered. Some of these are recognizable as constellations. These include Eos, who is an immortal woman. She has had Ares as a lover. Aphrodite caused Eos to fall in love with other men, many other men, and all of them mortals. This led to an obvious series of successful seductions by Eos of those same mortal men - every one of whom was noticeably not Ares the god of War who Aphrodite wanted to keep over an above her husband Hephaestus. Orion was a mortal - a Boetian hunter who just happened to also be the most handsome man alive. Oenopion had a serious problem in his region. He managed to secure Orion's help in this matter by telling the Hunter that he could marry the other man's daughter if he would solve this problem. Orion went about the complex and rather difficult task of clearing the hills of dangerous predatory animals. However, when he came to collect his victory prize, Oenopion sought means of keeping the prize woman as he was in love with the woman himself.

There are two sons of Poseidon. Helen was married to a mortal or high class human man. Her husband had threatened to divorce her if she did not get pregnant and have at least one of his children. She had an extramarital romance with the god Poseidon while her husband was away. Her husband was so oblivious that when she told him that Poseidon's sons were his, the husband accepted this without question. Later, she gave birth to a set of twins by her husband, but the deity's sons continued to be favored. Poseidon intervened and ordered the sons to rescue her - to not let her kill herself over this. They did so without hesitation.

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