The Promethean Myth

Prometheus was the mythological Titan of forethought and the creator of humankind. As the story was told by the ancient Greek philosopher Hesiod in roughly 700 BC, Prometheus was an offspring of the deities Uranus (the Heavens) and Gaia (Mother Earth). That complex lineage derives from the middle-east creation myths.  It starts with Chaos (the unknowable universe) and the union of Uranus and Gaia. The myth presents the immortal Prometheus as the subsequent creator of humankind to whom he gave Fire, the Arts and more. After the God Zeus took away fire from humans, Prometheus stole it back and returned it to earth. As “punishment” for that act, so the myth goes, Zeus had Prometheus chained to a rock and ordered the creation of Pandora. Pandora unwittingly released the furies from the box Zeus had given her, but kept Hope. from escaping.  The story gets complicated with layers of meaning that have busied and baffled scholars, philosophers, theologians and artists for the next 3000 years.

Mythology and Ideas have been an influence on Dale Enochs’ explorations in art.