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Useful weblinks: Creation 2 - Prometheus

Tartarus

  • Later sometimes confused with Hades, Tartarus was originally a much lower realm, reserved for the defeated Titans and the evil deceased.
  • Take a look at this short description and this longer one.
  • Consider this modern representation of Tartarus as opposed to Hades.
  • This map of Hades shows Tartarus as being a deep, dark pit below it.

The Fates

  • Three sisters, called Clotho (spinner), Lachesis (allotter) and Atropos (unturnable).
  • Although they are generally seen as three separate deities, some see them as representing the Triple Goddess; Virgin, Mother and Crone (this site looks at the Fates from many different points of view). This idea of a trinity, a three-in-one model, can be seen in this picture.
  • Here is a more traditional biography of the Fates.
  • Due to their different roles, presiding over life, death and prophecy, the Fates are depicted in many different ways.
  • The Fates appear in this clip of Disney’s Hercules as ugly and old.

Crafting Life

  • In some versions of the Prometheus myth, it is Athena who gives life to the men and women whom Prometheus creates. Christian Griepenkerl refers to this in his painting Beseelung der menschlichen Tonfigur durch Athena.
  • The creation of man by Prometheus is also shown on this marble relief.
  • Prometheus makes the men and women in his image, just as God famously does in the Bible (Genesis 1.27).
  • In a later myth, the sculptor Pygmalion created a woman statue who was brought to life by Aphrodite. Jean Baptiste Regnault created a famous painting of this myth. Pygmalion and his wife Galatea also appear in this episode of Disney's Hercules: The Dream Date!

Prometheus and Epimetheus