An ancient figure haunts articulations of the modern: Prometheus. In classicist Carol Dougherty’s “composite” version of the titan’s story, which—provokingly and productively, it has proven—does not receive a full telling in any single source: “Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans … was punished for his actions and subsequently liberated by Heracles … [and] is also said to have created humans from clay and water, animating these creatures with fire.”...
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