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Prometheus

[pruh-mee-thee-uh s, -thyoos] /prəˈmi θi əs, -θyus/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.
a Titan, the father of Deucalion and brother of Atlas and Epimetheus, who taught humankind various arts and was sometimes said to have shaped humans out of clay and endowed them with the spark of life. For having stolen fire from Olympus and given it to humankind in defiance of Zeus, he was chained to a rock where an eagle daily tore at his liver, until he was finally released by Hercules.
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  • Historical fact had really no more to do with it than with the stories of Prometheus or the siege of Troy.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
  • Even with the gifts of Prometheus, men could not rest content.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • Prometheus made no answer; but he had set his heart on helping mankind, and he did not give up.

    Old Greek Stories James Baldwin
  • Has suffering already begun to make him, like Prometheus, wise?

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • He asks a prophecy of Prometheus who foretells the fate of Io their daughter.

  • Epimetheus said to Prometheus: 'Let me distribute, and do you inspect.'

    Protagoras Plato
  • And the poem, besides, shows in a flagrant degree the defect felt here and there in Prometheus Unbound.

    Oxford Lectures on Poetry Andrew Cecil Bradley
  • I will be one of the Sons of Prometheus, that head the revolt against the tyranny of Heaven.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • Prometheus coming on earth to give fire to men appears before the palace of Inachus in Argos on a festival of Zeus.

British Dictionary definitions for Prometheus

Prometheus

/prəˈmiːθɪəs/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a Titan, who stole fire from Olympus to give to mankind and in punishment was chained to a rock, where an eagle tore at his liver until Hercules freed him
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Word Origin and History for Prometheus

demigod (son of the Titan Iapetus) who made man from clay and stole fire from heaven and taught mankind its use, for which he was punished by Zeus by being chained to a rock in the Caucasus, where a vulture came every day and preyed on his liver. The name is Greek, and anciently was interpreted as literally "forethinker, foreseer," from promethes "thinking before," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + *methos, related to mathein "to learn," from enlargement of PIE root *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)). However Watkins suggests the second element is possibly from a base meaning "to steal," also found in Sanskrit mathnati "he steals."

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Prometheus in Culture
Prometheus [(pruh-mee-thee-uhs, pruh-meeTh-yoohs)]

In classical mythology, the Titan who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans. As punishment for the theft, Zeus ordered Prometheus chained to a rock and sent a great eagle to gnaw at the Titan's liver. Despite his torment, Prometheus refused to submit to Zeus' will. He was eventually rescued by Hercules.

Note: Prometheus has become a symbol of lonely and valiant resistance to authority. Aeschylus wrote a play, Prometheus Bound, and Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote a long poem entitled “Prometheus Unbound.”
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Prometheus in Technology
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A programmaing language geared for logic, mathematics, AI, and string, list and database processing. Prometheus runs on a variety of platforms from Macintosh to MS-DOS
(http://aard.tracor.com/Jason/Prometheus/).
(1996-03-04)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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