Prometheus and Io Early Heroes in Greek Mythology From: prometheuscomic.wordpress.com/2007/08/09/ Prometheus, A Titan, steals fire from Zeus and gives it to man. (He also formed the first human from clay). As punishment, he is chained to a rock and an eagle is sent every day for eternity to eat out his liver. Prometheus (NYC) • One day, a white heifer passes Prometheus and strikes up a conversation. • She is really a beautiful girl,Io,but 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 one-hundred eyed creature to watch her. Some of his eyes were always awake, so Hermes was hired by Zeus to kill Argus. • Hermes told a very dull story and killed Argus when all of his eyes finally went to sleep. Hera placed the eyes of Argus in the tail of a peacock. • Io was made to wander and suffer by having a gad fly sting her continuously. • 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 Hercules. The Flower Myths • Narcissus • Hyacinth • Adonis Narcissus • Echo, a lovely nymph, was being courted by Zeus. Hera, his wife was again suspicious and she came down to Earth to apprehend her "too-much-love-for-one- woman" husband, but Zeus, being godly, sensed her coming. • He instructed Echo to keep Hera busy until he could get away. • 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 • 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 blood fell. Adonis • 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 as Adonis. • 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.
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