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Prometheus Character Analysis

Prometheus is a trickster god who quickly gets into trouble with Zeus. He tricks Zeus into selecting a smaller portion of meat after a sacrifice, arousing his anger. He also steals fire from Zeus and gifts it to human beings. As a result, Zeus punishes him by chaining him up on a mountain, with an eagle that comes to eat his liver every day. Heracles eventually frees Prometheus from his punishment, albeit with Zeus’ permission.

Prometheus Quotes in Theogony

The Theogony quotes below are all either spoken by Prometheus or refer to Prometheus. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Theogony published in 2009.
Theogony Quotes

For from her is descended the female sex, a great affliction to mortals as they dwell with their husbands—no fit partners for accursed Poverty, but only for Plenty. As the bees in their sheltered nests feed the drones, those conspirators in badness, and while they busy themselves all day and every day till sundown making the white honeycomb, the drones stay inside in the sheltered cells and pile the toil of others into their own bellies, even so as a bane for mortal men has high-thundering Zeus created women, conspirators in causing difficulty.

Related Characters: Zeus, Prometheus
Page Number: 20
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Prometheus Character Timeline in Theogony

The timeline below shows where the character Prometheus appears in Theogony. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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The poem then details a conflict between Prometheus and Zeus. During a ritual sacrifice, Prometheus tricks Zeus into taking a lesser portion of... (full context)
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...hero who partakes in many adventures, including slaying the monster Medusa and freeing the god Prometheus. Hesiod thus completes the historical genealogy from the first moments of existence up until the... (full context)