1809 Prometheus

Not to be confused with Saturn XVI Prometheus; same referent.

This minor planet is named after a Titan from Greek myth. Brother of Epimetheus, son of Iapetus. he created human kind out of clay. His name may mean "forethought." He is sort of a trickster figure: two of his major myths involve tricking Zeus, once so that the humans only had to sacrifice bones and fat to the gods instead of meat, and another time to steal fire from the gods for the benefit of humans. As punishment, he was chained to a rock by Zeus, and had to suffer an eagle eating his liver every day.

This is one of those Greek myths that is still incredibly resonant today. Prometheus represents technology, innovation, ingenuity, and the birth and growth of humanity. As a seeker of truths and a crusader against the injustice of the universe, it's easy to see why he is such a compelling character. The themes of his myth echo into modern science; see Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for a treatment of that.

The symbol of this asteroid is an inverted eagle, as Aquilae, over a half circle, representing either the rock or Prometheus' liver, depending on the severity of your imagination.

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