Prometheus and Hephaistos Associated in Cult and in Myth

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In the classical Athenian tragedy Prometheus Bound, Hephaistos addresses Prometheus second-personally as kin and friend.^ Prometheus and Hephaistos were associated in cult and in myth. In the Athenian district of Colonos Hippios, near to what became the site of Plato’s Academy, there was an altar dedicated to both Prometheus and Hephaistos. According to an ancient source, the altar stood on a base on which were carved figures of Prometheus and Hephaistos: “Prometheus being represented as an elderly man with a staff in his right hand and Hephaistos as a young man.”^

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