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How was Prometheus different from Epimetheus?

Prometheus is different from Epimetheus in that he is very intelligent and cunning. Whereas Prometheus is endowed with the gift of foresight, which is the meaning of his name, Epimetheus only has afterthought, which is the meaning of his name. This means that Epimetheus is unable to give a positive trait to man, leaving his brother to do the job for him.

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Prometheus and Epimetheus are titans and brothers, but that's pretty much where the similarities end. Whereas Prometheus is highly intelligent, cunning, brave, and resourceful, Epimetheus is presented to us a bit of a fool, lacking the foresight with which his brother is endowed. He can't help being foolish, of course; it's in his nature. But he's a fool all the same.

However, Epimetheus does at least have the benefit of hindsight, though that's not really saying much, especially by comparison with his brother and his remarkable gift of foresight. After all, just about everyone, including each and every one of us mere mortals, has the ability to see and understand things after the event. There's really nothing special about hindsight at all, even if it is a wonderful thing.

Epimetheus's foolishness and lack of foresight are much in evidence when he and his brother are given the onerous task of distributing characteristics to the newly-created animals. At first, it seems that Epimetheus is doing his job rather well; he gives all the animals positive character traits. All except one, that is—man. Because Epimetheus lacks foresight, he's unable to foresee that he would run out of positive character traits when it came to humankind.

So it's left to Epimetheus's brighter brother to use his gift of foresight and give humankind the civilizing arts and fire.

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Prometheus differs from his brother, Epimetheus, in many ways. Because of his forethought—which is what his name means—he is able to see the potential consequences of his, and others', actions. When Zeus gives Epimetheus the task of creating all the animals of the earth, Epimetheus, whose name means afterthought, gives away all of the good, strong qualities to the animals: the sharp claws to tear meat, the sharp fangs to eat with, the thick hides to keep warm, and so on. When he gets around to creating humans, there are no such qualities left, so he asks his brother for help. Prometheus not only gives humans the ability to walk upright on two legs, like the gods, but he also steals some fire from the sun and gives it to the humans so that they can cook their food—no longer needing sharp fangs or claws—and keep themselves warm: no longer needing thick hides for this purpose.

There are several stories in which Prometheus basically saves humanity: when Zeus decides to flood the earth to get rid of the impious humans, Prometheus tells his son and niece what to do to survive the flood; he also tricks Zeus into choosing the worst meat for himself, and so humans get to keep the best meat rather than sacrifice it. He even tells his brother never to accept anything from the wily Zeus, but Epimetheus doesn't listen, and this is how Pandora ends up opening the box that contains all the evils of the world.

Prometheus considers the consequences of his actions rather than acting impulsively, unlike his brother. Furthermore, he truly seems to care about the human race and their best interests, unlike his brother who is really only interested in himself.

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Prometheus and Epimetheus were two brother Titans. When Zeus conquered the Titans and sent them into exile on Tartarus, he made an exception for Prometheus and Epimetheus so that they could create the earth's creatures.

The two brothers were opposites: Prometheus's name means forethought and Epimetheus means afterthought, highlighting their contrasting natures. Prometheus thought ahead, planned, and could foresee the outcome of his actions. The more impulsive Epimetheus acted first and thought later, leading to mistakes.

Prometheus, for example, set to work to create humans. He put planning and thoughtful care into their creation, forming them to look like the gods. Epimetheus, however, made all the other animals in a quick, haphazard way, giving them physical gifts from Zeus, like wings or fangs, without forethought.

Epimetheus also forgot to save a physical gift for humans. Seeing them cold and shivering in their frail bodies, Prometheus felt compassion for them and decided give them fire, even though this was in direct defiance of Zeus.

We hear much more about Prometheus, who was a more conflicted, complicated, and sympathetic character than his brother.

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Prometheus and Epimetheus were both titans, the immortals that came before the gods. Prometheus and Epimetheus were brothers. Prometheus's name means "forethought" meaning he could see ahead what the consequences of his actions would be. This is why he chose to help Zeus and the other gods during the war between the titans and the gods. Prometheus is considered the wisest of the titans. He was the protector of men. In some myths he and his brother, Epimetheus, created man. In all myths Prometheus was the immortal that brought fire to man, thereby angering Zeus and he was punished. Epimetheus means 'afterthought' so he always acts before thinking and was considered very stupid. He only fought on the right side because he did as Prometheus instructed him. Epimetheus accepted Pandora as a gift from Zeus. She was given to him as his wife and it was she that brought evil into the world.

So, to summarize, Prometheus is the opposite of Epimetheus. Prometheus was wise and could look ahead to what consequences his actions would bring; while Epimetheus, it seems, blundered along and acted before putting thought into the consequence.

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