Stories of the Past 10 Picture

Finally, the tenth page. The library was closed during the whole Easter and I needed to use their photocopier to reduce the comic page, since A3 is too big for my scanner.

Anyway, I guess most of you are familiar with the myth about Prometheus. How his love for mankind brought him into conflict with Zeus, the king of the gods. Through trickery he saw to it that the humans got the best portion of the sacraficial feast for themselves. That is, they got to keep the meat for themselves and burnt the bones wrapped in fat as an offering to the gods (which was a most reasonable settlement, since the gods didn't eat human food anyway). When Zeus withheld fire from mankind in revenge, Prometheus went to Olympus (some say with the help of Athena) and stole it back. For this he was later arrested and chained to a rock in Kaukasos. Every day an eagle ate his liver, which constantly grew back again.

The dialoge between Hermes and Prometheus in the flashback is inspired by the ancient Greek tragedy Prometheus Bound (perhaps written by Aeschylus). According to the tragedy, Prometheus also taught mankind the arts of civilization (such as agriculture and writing), while Zeus' mind only was set on destroying them. We are further told that Prometheus helped Zeus and his siblings to victory in the Titanomachia, which makes his punishment even more cruel and unfair. Poor Prometheus. He is perfectly within his rights to be somewhat bitter here.

Hermes holds a kerykeion, a herald's wand. One of his many duties was to be Zeus' trusted messanger.
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