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Black PrometheusRace and Radicalism in the Age of Atlantic Slavery$
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Jared Hickman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190272586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190272586.001.0001

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Black Prometheus

Jared Hickman

Oxford University Press

An ancient figure haunts articulations of the modern: Prometheus. In classicist Carol Dougherty’s “composite” version of the titan’s story, which—provokingly and productively, it has proven—does not receive a full telling in any single source: “Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans … was punished for his actions and subsequently liberated by Heracles … [and] is also said to have created humans from clay and water, animating these creatures with fire.”...

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