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I am Prometheus God to mortals and for this I have been punished I am now bound in this empty place merely for that title to a rock surrounded by a vast ocean My story is now told in a famous play Prometheus bound by Aeschylus Although historically a Zeus man Aeschylus tells my side of the story well At present I am bound to this rock surrounded by my friends who make up the chorus they include Oceanos King Thamos and even Hermes the messenger of my enemy and tormentor Zeus The mortals who I have helped all these years wait upon earth thinking of me only in pity helpless they are left to watch me at my lowest point My concern for mortals has turned into my lifes motivation they are the children and I the father When first I took attention to the perils of humanity I was filled with pity to understand this pity you must first understand the troubles that were among men before my intervention I found them witless and so gave them the use of their wits making them the masters of their own minds Like the shapes of dreams they dragged through their long lives handling all things in bewilderment and confusion I showed them how to work with wood and mason they could construct homes where before holes in the ground they lived I tell you this now not to blame men but to explain the good will of my gift It was I who tamed and yoked the beast so that man would not strain himself with menial labor I even devised a mixture of leafs and roots to make medicine To prepare this medicine and to cook the food that they eat I gave them the gift of fire It was this gift of fire that put me in this present desolate place Zeus the new self-proclaimed God of the Gods was enraged
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