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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Prometheus helps in the development and civilization of man with his willingness to assist in his creation.  Prometheus creates man and this only signifies the beginning of his willingness to provide some semblance of order and structure to man.  He commands Epimetheus to allow man to stand upright, a sign that man is similar to the Gods.  In addition, the gift of fire proves to be another element to help create civilization.  Out of the gift of fire emerges society or social settings, as men would gather and form social bonds around the fire.  This element of civilization is continued when Prometheus teaches human beings how to trick Zeus with the two piles of meat, proving that men were able to be conscious and think out of their own volition.  These elements can be construed as attempts to help civilize mankind, clearly distinguishing him from other beings on the planet.

Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Greek mythology, Prometheus was almost single-handedly responsible for civilization.  Athena taught him all the attributes of civilized life, including "architecture, astronomy, mathematics, navigation, medicine, and metallurgy" (Baase, para. 1).  Prometheus shared these skills with humans, and that gave them the ability to create civilization.  Prometheus is most famous, though, for sharing fire with mankind, another important aspect of civilization, allowing people to cook and to warm and comfort themselves.  Many of Prometheus' actions angered Zeus, and Zeus punished him severely, chaining him to a pillar on a mountain, where his liver was eaten, grew back every day, and was eaten again.  It was many years before he was released from this punishment. 

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