Originally man lived in the depths of the dark caves of the
earth and did not dare venture out. The gods of Olympus decided to
bring man out of the caves of the earth, into the light. The gods asked
Epimetheus the son of a Titan to grant mankind strength, weapons, and gifts which
would allow them to live in the outside world.
The Gods of Olympus.
Epimetheus gave all the animals weapons (i.e. teeth, hooves
etc), and arranged how they would live amongst one another. Epimetheus
did everything with wisdom which resulted in the creation of harmony and balance
Epimetheus was so occupied with the other animals that he
forgot about mankind. The end result was man was left without strength
and means of defense. Surely mankind would have died in the outside
world if nothing was done to help them. Mankind would clearly need to
be defended by the gods, otherwise they would perish in this new world they
were brought into.
The brother of Epimetheus, Prometheus felt pity for mankind
and felt that they should not die for an action that was out of their
hands. Prometheus wished to make mankind resemble the gods and decided
that he would do all he could to help them.
In the hands of the gods rested fire. Prometheus stole
from the gods some of this holy fire that belonged to them, and hid it in a
hollow log. He then brought this fire to mankind, which they used to
The god Zeus was enraged at what Prometheus had done and punished him severely for it. He tied Prometheus with large chains
onto the side of the Caucasus mountains. Every morning an eagle would
appear and eat the liver of Prometheus which would grow back at night.
Prometheus could not die as he was an immortal, and therefore was cursed by
Zeus do undergo this torture forever. After many centuries his torment
finally came to end when the hero Heracles (Hercules) freed him.
Humanity prospered as a result of the kind action of
Prometheus. Mankind managed to overcome all its' fears and progressed
rapidly. However, with the loss of fear also came a loss of virtue for
mankind. Mankind became disrespectful to the gods wicked and unlawful.
Zeus then decided that it had come time for man to be destroyed.
Zeus decided that it would not be just for all mankind to be destroyed but only
the wicked. He searched far and wide and found only two people that were virtuous. These two virtuous people were Devkolionas
the son of Prometheus and his wife Pira. Zeus told Devkolionas to
create an arc and enter it with his wife, as soon he would enter the
arc with his wife Zeus would create a flood which
would destroy mankind. When the arc was complete and Devkolionas and
his wife entered, Zeus opened the gates of heaven and poured so much water
that all the land became sea and all humanity except the two honest souls
Zeus in Fury
Nine days and nights the arc sailed above the water.
When the water subsided the arc came to rest on the great mountain of Parnassus.
Devkolionas and his wife then came out and gave glory and homage to the god
Zeus for saving them.
Devkolionas and his wife quickly became depressed as they
were the only two people alone in a very large world. The god Zeus saw them in
their loneliness and pitied them. Zeus told them to collect as many
rocks as possible, and to though them behind themselves as they walked. When
Devkolionas threw a rock it turned into a man, and when his wife threw a rock it
turned into a woman. In this manner a new generation of
mankind was created.
Devkolionas and Pira had a child of their own by the name of Ellina
"Greek" and several other kids, mankind is said to have descended
from these children.