Prometheus, the fire-bringer, has been sentenced to a grim punishment by the god Zeus: he is to be chained to a rock with an open wound in his gut, through which an eagle will eat his liver for eternity. Some of the gods sympathize with Prometheus, and others are on the side of the Olympians, but no one can circumvent Zeus’ wrath. As Prometheus suffers, he has a number of visitors: a group of nymphs, who try to comfort him; the ancient god Oceanus, who hopes to make peace between him and Zeus, and the priestess Io, who has her own problems with the new king of Olympus. Prometheus - defiant to the end - endures his punishment, knowing that future generations will bring about a hero who can release him from his bondage.
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