073 - PROMETHEUS (Or, Is Zeus really just?) CENTRAL THEMES...

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PROMETHEUS (Or, Is Zeus really just?) CENTRAL THEMES Foreknowledge Trickery Justice :Punishment OUTLINE Prometheus Prometheus’ Tricks Prometheus’ Punishment Alternative Explanations (Herodorus, Plato) 1. Prometheus Two sons of the Titan Iapetus 0. Prometheus = “Forethought” (creates human beings from clay) 1. Epimetheus = “Afterthought” (associated with Pandora—see next lecture) Prometheus is Zeus’ ally: helped him vs. Titans, in one tradition, told him not to have sexual intercourse with Thetis b/c their son would overthrow him. She marries the mortal Peleus: their son will be the hero Achilles. But Prometheus also creates men (no women around yet) out of clay. He therefore rivals Zeus as a creator. 2. Prometheus’ Tricks Have seen other examples of trickery among the gods already. 0. Ambush of Ouranos 1. Rhea tricks Cronos 2. Muses can deceive Hesiod 3. Zeus swallows Metis (to prevent her giving birth to a son greater than he is—like Thetis); but now must face a challenge from a new Trickster figure, Prometheus.
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4. Prometheus gives Zeus the choice of two sacrifices
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2008 for the course HUMA 1100 taught by Professor Mori during the Fall '07 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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