Prometheus’ Gifts


“Prometheus Bound” Aeschylus

“I rescued men from shattering destruction.” I gave to mortal men precedence over myself in pity.

“Besides, I gave them fire.”

“Did you perhaps go further than you have told us? Yes, I stopped mortals from foreseeing gloom. What cure did you discover for that sickness? I sowed in them blind hope. That was a great help you gave to men.

“But man’s tribulation that I would have you hear – How I found them mindless and gave them minds, made them masters of their wits.”

“In one sentence understand it all: Every art of mankind comes from Prometheus.”

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