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Προμηθεύς is a "Titan" as son of the Titan Iapetus (Hes. Theog. 510). Welcker (Griech. Götterl. 2. 254) thinks that "Titan," instead of "Titanid," is used here only because, like the Titans, Prometheus rebelled against Zeus: but this seems strained. Cp. Cic. Tusc. 2. 10.23 (from the Προμ. Λυόμενος of Aesch., Prometheus speaking) Titanum suboles, socia nostri sanguinis, Generata caelo. πυρφόρος (55), because represented with a torch in the right hand: Eur. Phoen. 1121 (on the shield of Tydeus) “δεξιᾷ δὲ λαμπάδα
Τιτὰν Προμηθεὺς ἔφερεν ὡς πρήσων πόλιν

”. So πυρφόρος of Artemis (O. T. 207), and Capaneus (Ant. 135). Cp. Philostratus p. 602 (quoting the Athenian rhetorician Apollonius, circ. 225 A.D.) “ἰὼ Προμηθεῦ δᾳδοῦχε καὶ πυρφόρε”. His altar was in the Academy, just S. of Colonus, and this was the starting-point of the λαμπαδηφορία (to the acropolis) at the three torch-festivals. Harpocrat. 184τρεῖς ἄγουσιν Ἀθηναῖοι ἑορτὰς λαμπάδας, Παναθηναίοις καὶ Ἡφαιστείοις καὶ Προμηθείοις”. Schol. Aristoph. Ran. 131λαμπαδηφορίαι δὲ γίγονται τρεῖς ἐν τῷ Κεραμεικῷ, Ἀθηνᾶς, Ἡφαίστου, Προμηθέως”. Aesch. wrote both a Πρ. Πυρφόρος (the 1st play of his trilogy) and a satyric Πρ. Πύρκαεύς.

τόπον by inverse attraction: Lys. or. 19 § 47τὴν οὐσίαν ἣν κατέλιπε τῷ υἱεῖ οὐ πλείονος ἀξία ἐστίν κ.τ.λ.”: cp. on O. T. 449.

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    • Euripides, Phoenician Women, 1121
    • Hesiod, Theogony, 510
    • Lysias, On the Property of Aristophanes, 47
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 135
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 55
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 207
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 449
    • Cicero, Tusculanae Disputationes, 2.10
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