Prometheus Bringer of Fire
This is my re-imagined portrait of Prometheus after stealing back the fire from Zeus and giving it to mankind as told by Hesiod. I wanted to portray him as holding it upwards as a gift to man and also as sign of power. I also like to think that the fire symbolizes knowledge and Prometheus is giving mankind the tool to survive as well as knowledge only known to gods.
Prometheus is a Titan who sided with Zeus and the ascending Olympian gods in the vast struggle against Cronos and the other prevailing Titans. Prometheus loved man more then the Olympians. So when Zeus decreed that man must present a portion of each animal he scarified to the gods, Prometheus decided to trick Zeus. He created two piles, one with the bones wrapped in juicy fat, the other with the good meat hidden in ox's stomach. He then bade Zeus to pick. Zeus picked the bones. Since he had given his word, Zeus had to accept this pile as his share for future sacrifices. In his anger over the trick, he took fire away from man. However, Prometheus stole back the fire and brought it back again to man. Zeus was enraged that man again had fire. He decided to inflict a terrible punishment on both man and Prometheus.