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His name means "forethought" in Greek, and in English it has become an eponym denoting "daring creativity or bold originality." Who is he?




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Answer: Prometheus

A name that becomes a word in a language is called an eponym . Prometheus made humans from clay and taught them how to make fire. For this, Zeus chained him to a rock in the Caucasus, where a vulture came daily to nibble on his liver. Thus, the word Promethean has come to denote "daring creativity or bold originality."

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