Prometheus in popular culture

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Sculpture of Prometheus in front of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center, New York City

The figure of Prometheus from classical mythology has appeared in many examples of popular culture in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Television and film[edit]

  • Prometheus appears as a character in an episode of the eighth season of the TV series Supernatural, "Remember the Titans", now suffering from amnesia after an avalanche eight years prior to the episode. Here Prometheus's curse is portrayed as granting him a form of immortality; although no longer chained to the mountain, Prometheus still dies every day in various ways, ranging from being hit by a car to having a heart attack, with his seven-year-old son Oliver having 'inherited' his curse (Seven being the age at which the Greeks believed boys began to become men). Series protagonists Dean and Sam Winchester attempt to help Prometheus break his curse by summoning Zeus- reasoning that mankind owes Prometheus for giving them fire and the ability to stand against the dark- but in the end Prometheus is forced to sacrifice himself to kill Zeus with the aid of Artemis, thus sparing Oliver from having to endure his curse.
  • Prometheus is the name of a space exploration ship and the title of a 2012 science-fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. The film's plot also involves an ancient alien race who were involved in the creation of human life.
  • In the science fiction TV Series Stargate_SG-1, the Prometheus is human kind's first interstellar space craft -made possible with technology stolen from the Goa'uld, a parasitic race that enslaves humanity throughout the galaxy by posing as gods.

Fiction[edit]

  • Prometheus appears in The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan, where he is a diplomat of the antagonistic Titan Army.

Cartoons and comics[edit]

  • A Soviet cartoon called Prometheus (Прометей) was created in 1974.[1]
  • Prometheus appears in an episode of Hercules: The Animated Series, where protagonist Hercules takes it upon himself to release Prometheus from his punishment, subsequently defending his decision to his father Zeus by arguing that man has proven themselves worthy of Prometheus's gift.

Gaming[edit]

  • In Portal 2, the tale of Prometheus is used by the oracle turret to foreshadow future events in the game. It recounts how Prometheus was cast into the depths of the earth and pecked by birds. Later, the antagonist/anti-hero GLaDOS is cast into the deepest levels of the Aperture Science facility and is pecked by a bird.
  • The game BioShock's 12th level is called Point Prometheus.
  • In the game God of War II, the protagonist Kratos encounters and frees Prometheus from his eternal torment, in turn gaining the power of the Titans.
  • In the Mass Effect game series, the 'Protheans' are an extinct ancient race that are believed to have built the Citadel and mass relays present in the game's lore and known to have uplifted several younger races. Their ruins are the original source of all mass effect and FTL technology for the younger races. Some people believe the species name sounds similar to Prometheus.
  • In Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Prometheus is Baofu's ultimate Persona.

Music[edit]

Science[edit]

Prometheus by Theodoor Rombouts (1597–1637)

The myth of Prometheus, with its theme of invention and discovery, has been used in science-related names and as a metaphor for scientific progress.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Russian animation in letters and figures | Films | ╚PROMETHEUS╩". Animator.ru. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  2. ^ Prometheus Society website.
  3. ^ See arguments for the ancient Greeks' knowledge of liver regeneration in Chen T and Chen P (1994), Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 87(12): 754-755.
  4. ^ LSJ entry ἠπάομαι meaning mend, repair
  5. ^ A counterargument is provided by Power C and Rasko J (2008). "Whither Prometheus' Liver? Greek Myth and the Science of Regeneration". Annals of Internal Medicine 149(6): 421-426.

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