The Story of Prometheus
Q. Answer the following question:
1. Why were Prometheus and Epimetheus so named?
Ans.- The name of the elder of these brothers was PROMETHEUS, or Forethought; for he was always thinking of the future and making things ready for what might happen tomorrow or next week or next year, or maybe in a hundred years to come! The younger of these brothers was EPIMETHEUS, or Afterthought; for he was always so busy thinking of yesterday, or last year, or a hundred years ago, that he had no care at all for what might come to pass after a while.
2. How was Prometheus different from the rest?
Ans.- Prometheus was different from the rest as Prometheus didn’t care to live amid the clouds on the mountain top. He was too busy far that. While the might folk were spending their time in idleness, drinking nectar and Ambrosia. Prometheus wanted the world to be better and wiser than it had ever been before.
3. What did he do to make man’s life better?
Ans.- He called out to the shivering men and built fire for them. He showed them how to warm themselves by it and how to build other fires from the coals. Prometheus also taught them how to build house of wood and stone, and how to tame sheep and cattle and make them useful. He also taught how to plough and sow and reap, and how to protect themselves from the storm of winter and the beasts of the woods. Then he shows them how to dig in the Earth for copper and iron and how to melt the ore and how to hammer it into shape and fashion from it the tools and weapons which they needed in peace and war.
4. What did Jupiter ask Vulcan to do?
Ans- Jupiter gave a lump of clay to his blacksmith, Vulcan and ordered him to mould it in farm of a woman.