the edge of the earth
( work in progress )
An exploration of the ancient Greek myth of Prometheus and his torment on the Causasus mountains in Georgia. How did that geographic landscape become such an influential place in the myths and how did people perceive it 3000 years ago?
I've traced the path and landmarks that were closely related to the myth.
After the gods have moulded men and other living creatures with a mixture of clay and fire, the two brothers Epimetheus and Prometheus are called to complete the task and distribute among the newly born creatures all sorts of natural qualities.
Epimetheus, being unwise, distributes all the gifts of nature among the animals, leaving men naked and unprotected, unable to defend themselves and to survive in a hostile world.
Prometheus then steals the fire of creative power from the workshop of Athena and Hephaistos
and gave it to mankind.
The fire was a divine spark. It was the possession of the gods alone.
This divine spark alone frees beings to will, dream, act, imagine, to create.
Prometheus, after bringing the gift of fire to humans, was punished by the gods:
he was chained to the Caucasus mountains and his liver was eaten daily by an eagle.
In Georgian mythology the story of Amirani, a hero of Georgian epics,
resembles the figure of Prometheus, but instead of fire he gave the gift of metal
In ancient mythologies, the Caucasus mountains in Georgia represented the end of the world.
For the Greeks, they were the pillars of the world.