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Prometheus ("Forethought") was said to be the son of Iapetus the Titan and Clymene. The oldest form of the myth is found in Hesiod, according to whom Prometheus, having outwitted Zeus and stolen fire from heaven, was chained to a rock, where his liver was torn every day by an eagle and made to grow again at night, while his brother Epimetheus ("after-thought") was equally punished by the fatal gift of the virgin Pandora. In the Prometheus Bound of AEschylus he is the devoted friend of men, to whom he teaches all the arts of life and for whom he suffers all the wrath of Zeus, who, however, finally allows his place on the rock to be taken by the centaur Cheiron.