Prometheus and Io
Early Heroes in
Prometheus, A Titan,
steals fire from Zeus
and gives it to man.
(He also formed the
first human from
As punishment, he is chained to a rock and
an eagle is sent every day for eternity to
eat out his liver.
• One day, a white
strikes up a
• She is really a
has been changed
into a cow by Zeus
to hide from Hera.
Zeus hid Io and himself in a cloud, but Hera
knew that her husband was again trying to
hide his infidelity from her, so she asks for
the heifer as a gift.
How could he refuse?
• Hera sends Argus, a
creature to watch
her. Some of his
eyes were always
awake, so Hermes
was hired by Zeus to
• Hermes told a very
dull story and killed
Argus when all of his
eyes finally went to
Hera placed the eyes of Argus in the tail of a
• Io was made to wander and
suffer by having a gad fly sting
• The Ionian Sea is named after
her because she wandered by it.
• She finally wandered across the
Bosphorus Strait (Ford of the
Cow), became human, and bore
to Zeus the ancestor of
The Flower Myths
• Echo, a lovely nymph, was
being courted by Zeus.
Hera, his wife was again
suspicious and she came
down to Earth to apprehend
woman" husband, but
Zeus, being godly, sensed
• He instructed Echo to keep
Hera busy until he could
• Echo did just that. Hera confronted her with the
affair, but Echo created a long and very untrue
story for Hera, giving her lover enough time to
escape. She knew she had been tricked and
turned on Echo and declared:
• "That tongue of yours, by which I have been
tricked, shall have its power curtailed and enjoy
the briefest use of speech."
• From that moment on
the talkative Echo could
barely use her voice,
and could only repeat
the words that those
around her said. She
was lonely, and could
not really talk to other
nymphs because of her
condition, and secluded
herself deep in a cave.
• One day, a very handsome young man came
along. His name, surprise surprise, was
Narcissus. Echo fell in love with him at once.
Echo wanted to call out, "Wait! I love you!" But
her voice was frozen in her throat by Hera's
curse. The young man went deeper and deeper
into the forest, until he came upon a calm
stream. He was thirsty and so he bent over to
drink, but as he leaned over he caught sight of
his reflection in the water.
• He was as taken by his beauty as Echo had
been, but without her barrier. He immediately
spoke to his reflection, "I love you." Echo,
nearby and hearing her chance quickly
responded, "love you . . ." But it was too late,
Narcissus was too engrossed with himself to
notice the nymph. His love was his obsession
and would not leave the stream to eat, nor
disturb his image to drink and so he died of thirst
and hunger and unrequited self-love. Where he
had lain a flower grew, the narcissus.
• Hyacinth (or Hyacinthus ) was the
son of Clio and Pierus, King of
Macedonia. Hyacinth was a
beautiful youth beloved by the god
Apollo. According to myth, the two
attempted to beat each other in
discus. They took turns throwing
it, until Apollo, to impress his
friend, threw it with all his might.
Hyacinth ran to catch it and was
struck by the discus as it fell to the
ground - he died.
• They took turns
throwing it, until
Apollo, to impress
his friend, threw it
with all his might.
Hyacinth ran to
catch it and was
struck by the discus
as it fell to the
ground - he died.
• A beautiful flower
sprang up at the
place where his
• At Byblos in Lebanon a beautiful baby boy was born and
left without parents to care for him. Aphrodite fell in love
with him, and placed him in the care of the goddess of
the underworld (Persephone)for safekeeping.
Unfortunately when she went back to claim the boy, the
other woman had also fallen in love with him and would
not give him up. As a compromise, it was agreed the boy
would live half of the year with each of them. Nurtured by
the love of these two women, he grew into a handsome
and influential young man in the hills above Byblos. He
became known as 'adon, which meant "lord," and then
• Tragically, one of the
male gods became
jealous of Adonis. The
rival changed himself into
a wild boar and fatally
gored the handsome
young man. As Adonis
lay dying in the arms of
Aphrodite, drops of his
blood spilled out and
stained the anemone
flower crimson red.