PELEUS AND THETIS William Boyce (c. 1740)



Prometheus Greek God and benefactor to mankind

Peleus Mortal king, in love with the Goddess -

Thetis desired also by -

Jupiter God of the sky

The God Prometheus is chained to a rock on a desolate mountain. As punishment for stealing fire from heaven and giving it to mankind, the Gods have condemned him to having his liver pecked out by a vulture. By night the liver regenerates so that the torture can resume eternally. Prometheus is renowned as a friend to man and for his gift of prophecy. It is therefore to him that the mortal king Peleus comes to seek advice.


Prometheus: Tis vain, O Peleus, to oppose Thy torturer, and mine