Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Προµηθεύς [Promētheús]; Latin Prometheus)

A. Myth

P. is the son of the Titan Iapetus and the Oceanid Clymene. His brothers are Menoitius, Atlas and Epimetheus. He is said to be the creator of mankind, forming the first people out of water and earth (Ov. Met. 1,82). P. first appears as the champion of mortals at the ‘Trick at Mecone’. He makes two piles out of the carcass of a sacrificial bull. The first pile consists of the meat and offal, the second of the bones. P. covers the nutritious sacrifice w…

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Theisohn, Philipp, “Prometheus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 15 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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