In my essay I will look at how Zeus and his actions appears in Hesiod’s Works and Days (GHM 1.5), Aristophanes speech on Love from the Symposium (GHM 5.6), and Teiresias (from Apollodorus’ Library) (GHM 5.8). We will start with Hesiod’s Works and Days (GHM 1.5) where Zeus takes away fire from mortals which holds back the advancements of civilization which helped mortals with things such as cooking and metalwork to name a few. Prometheus steals the fire back for mortals and receives eternal punishment from Zeus. But Zeus wasn’t over with punishments and punished the mortals with the introduction of women. But Zeus was not always against mortals and was sympathetic in Aristophanes speech on Love.
Unfortunately, by the time he got to man, Epimetheus had given all the good qualities out and there were none left for man. So Prometheus decided to make man stand upright just like the gods did and to give them fire. When Zeus decreed that man must sacrifice a portion of each food to the gods, Prometheus decided to trick Zeus. He created two piles, one
An example of this is when he goes into exile after killing Megara and his children. Hercules’ dragons are the the twelve tasks he has to overcome throughout the story. Hercules’ ultimate task is to redeem his soul in the eyes of Zeus. This is shown when Zeus himself, commands Hercules to serve Eurystheus. Hercules’s virtue is his morality.
When Uranus was defeated Cronus (one Uranus's son) had taken Uranus's place as the sky god, and Gaea had told Cronus one of his children would fill a prophecy and overtake him (Rosenberg, 2006, "Chapter 2: The Creation of the Titans and the Gods"). The husband Uranus and son Cronus are described as the destroyers of the story because how Uranus and Cronus treat their own
The eagle was eating parts of Prometheus, but it was not possible to kill him. This was his punishment by Greek god Zeus, ruler of the Greek gods, for stealing fire from the gods and giving it to humans. Hercules freed the Titan from his chains and the Titan Prometheus then made predictions regarding further deeds of Hercules. On his way back to Mycenae, having obtained the Cattle of Geryon as his tenth labour, Hercules crossed over to Liguria in North-Western Italy. He then met the two giants, Albion and Bergion or Dercynus, sons of Poseidon.
“The Myth of Cronus” is about how Cronus overthrows his father, because his father is evil. Then Cronus hears that one of his own children will overthrow him so he swallows each one as soon as it is born. His wife/sister Rhea didn’t want him to swallow her last child, Zeus so she gave him a rock in the shape of a baby for him to swallow. So Rhea sent Zeus to live with mortals. When Zeus was older he freed his brothers and sisters.
Prometheus Bound and The Book of Job are two stories that are both similar in many ways, but at the same time very different from one another. Prometheus Bound is a story about a man who kindly assists humans and gives them fire for their own use. However, Zeus does not like the fact that Prometheus helped the humans, or is friends with them, so he decided to punish Prometheus for what he done. Zeus has his his servant Hephaestus chain Prometheus to a rock and leave him there. Prometheus spend days on the rock and talks to the Chorus of Oceanis, lo, and Hermes while he is on the rock and explains to them all why he is chained to the rock.
Those most noticeable being wisdom, leadership, bravery, and cleverness. Because of these traits, he was the only one who was able to survive the voyage and make it back home after twenty long years. When he finally returned home, he disguised himself as a beggar with the help of Athena and made a plan with his son to enact revenge on the suitors who had taken over his home. He passed Penelope’s test of stringing and shooting his bow, killed all of the suitors with the help of his companions and finally correctly completed Penelope’s last test. And so, he, his wife, son, father, and kingdom were reunited once
He tells her why he went on the journey to gain immortality, because of the death of his friend Enkidu, Siduri listens to Gilgamesh and his reasons. They talk about Gilgamesh’s accomplishments of overthrowing Humbaba, killing the Bull of Heaven, the watchman of the cedar forest, and the lions in the passes. Siduri chooses to warn him after he sets his resolve on being immortal, “You will never find that life for which you are looking” (pg. 17). She further reminds Gilgamesh that mortals were created by the Gods to die, “When the gods created man they allotted to him death” (pg.
Hercules had to complete ten labors for the gods to forgive him and accept him for his sins. Hercules’ fear was the goddess Hera. The dragon of Hercules is Eurystheus, Hera’s son, because Hera is attempting to get revenge through Eurystheus. Hercules completed all ten labors, but had to complete two more because Eurystheus did not count two. He had become immortal.