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In Greek mythology, Prometheus is a Titan who is credited with the creation of man. He defied the gods and gave fire to humanity, an act that enabled progress and civilization. Prometheus is known for his intelligence and as a champion of mankind.
In the Western classical tradition, Prometheus became a figure who represented human striving, particularly the quest for scientific knowledge.
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Greek: Προμηθεύς, meaning "forethought"
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8th-century BC epic poem by Hesiod: "Theogony" (lines 507–616 refer to Prometheus)
5th-century BC play by Aeschylus: "Prometheus Bound"
1611 painting by Peter Paul Rubens: "Chained Prometheus"
1623 painting by Dirck van Baburen "Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan"
1720 painting by Francesco Foschi: "Prometheus Chained on the Snowy Peaks of the Caucasus"
1762 sculpture by Nicolas-Sébastien Adam "Prometheus"
1789 poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: "Prometheus"
1801 ballet score by Beethoven: "The Creatures of Prometheus"
1818 novel by Mary Shelley: "Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus"
1820 play by Percy Shelley: "Prometheus Unbound"
1846 painting by Thomas Cole "Prometheus Unbound"
1847 opera movement by Charles-Valentin Alkan: "Prométhée enchaîné"
1850 symphonic poem by Franz Liszt: "Prometheus"
1868 painting by Gustave Moreau: "Prometheus"
1909 painting by Otto Greiner: "Prometheus"
1910 symphonic poem by Alexander Scriabin: "Prometheus: Poem of Fire"
1910 opera by Gabriel Faure: "Prométhée"
1920 short story by Franz Kafka: "Four Aspects of Prometheus"
1927 painting by José Clemente Orozco: "Prometheus"
1933 sculpture by Paul Manship: "Prometheus"
1943 sculpture by Jacques Lipchitz: "Prometheus"
1949 epic poem by Laxmi Prasad Devkota: "Prometheus"
1965 film by Vlado Kristl: "Prometheus"
1968 opera by Carl Orff: "Prometheus"
1973 poetry collection by Ted Hughes: "Prometheus on His Crag"
1987 sculpture by Menashe Kadishman: "Prometheus"
1997 episode of X-Files by Chris Carter: "The Post-Modern Prometheus"
1999 comic book series by Alan Moore, JH Williams III, and Mick Gray: "Promethea"
2001 album by Emperor: "Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise"
2006 role-playing game by White Wolf: "Promethean: The Created"
2008 song by Trivium: "Of Prometheus and the Crucifix"
2012 film by Ridley Scott: "Prometheus"