"Both - Prometheus and Epimetheus - were spared imprisonment in Tartarus, the horrible pit of torment, because they had not fought with their fellow Titans during the war with Olympians. Instead of being punished, they received the task of creating men. Prometheus shaped men out of mud, and Athena breathed life into his clay figures. Prometheus had assigned Epimetheus the job of giving to creatures of the Earth various qualities: swiftness, cunning, strength, fur, and wings. Unfortunately, by the time he got to men, Epimetheus had given all good qualities out, and there were none left for them. Prometheus decided then to make men stand upright, as gods did, and passed them the fire he had stolen from gods. Prometheus loved men more than Olympians, who had banished most of his family to Tartarus. When Zeus decreed that men must sacrifice a portion of each animal Prometheus offered to gods, Prometheus thought of tricking mighty Zeus. He created two piles: one with bones wrapped in juicy fat and the other with meat hidden behind hides.
He then bade Zeus pick from piles he presented. Zeus picked bones. Since he had given his word, Zeus had to accept this pile as his share for all future sacrifices. In his anger over the trick Prometheus had perpetrated, he took fire away from men. However, Prometheus lit a torch from the Sun and brought fire back to them. Zeus was enraged that men once again had the fire. He made a decision to inflict a terrible punishment on both - men and Prometheus. In order to punish men, Zeus had Hephaestus create a mortal of stunning beauty. Gods gave the mortal many gifts of wealth. He then had Hermes give the mortal a deceptive heart and a lying tongue. This creation was called Pandora, the first woman. The final gift was a jar Pandora was forbidden to open. Thus completed, Zeus sent Pandora down to Epimetheus, who was staying amongst men. Prometheus had warned Epimetheus not to accept any kind of gifts from Zeus, but Pandora's beauty was too magnificent, and he permitted her to stay with him. In the end, Pandora's curiosity about the jar - which she was not allowed to open - became intolerable to her.
She opened it, and out flew all manner of evils, sorrows, plagues, and misfortunes. Zeus was angry at Prometheus for being tricked by his sacrifices, stealing fire for men, and for refusing to tell Zeus which of his children would dethrone him in the future. Zeus had his servants - Force and Violence - seize Prometheus, take him to the Caucasus Mountains, and chain him to a rock with unbreakable adamantine chains. While being chained to the mountain, he was tormented day and night by a giant eagle that feasted on his regenerating liver. Zeus gave Prometheus two ways out of his misery. He could tell Zeus who the mother of the child that would dethrone him was or meet two other conditions. The first condition was that an immortal must volunteer to die for Prometheus, and the second was that a mortal must kill the eagle and unchain him. Eventually, Chiron agreed to die for Prometheus, and Heracles killed the vicious eagle, freeing later the sculptor of men". Nowadays, Prometheus is a symbol of rebellion against usurpatory authority and subordination to the existing reality.