Prometheus Brings Fire to Mankind by Heinrich Friedrich Füger, c. 1817
The Trick at Mekone
The gods and mortals had arranged to meet at Mekone, where the distribution of sacrifice was to be made. An ox, slaughtered by Prometheus, was to be divided between Zeus and the mortals. Prometheus divided the meat, and put it in two piles. In one pile was the meat, and most of the fat. That pile was covered by the ox’s stomach, while the other pile consisted of the bones, skillfully dressed in fat.
When Prometheus invited Zeus to choose a pile. Zeus immediately saw through the trick, but played along and chose the pile with the bones, because then he had a reason to punish mankind.
In his rage, Zeus took fire from the mortals, only to have Prometheus steal it back. As punishment, Zeus bound Prometheus to a stake on Mount Kaukasos, where an eagle was set to feed upon his ever-regenerating liver.
As further punishment, Hephaestus was ordered by Zeus to form a woman out of clay: Pandora, who would eventually release evil spirits into the world, forever to plague mankind.
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