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While humanists are fond of referring to the myth of Prometheus (the deifier of the Gods who gave humans the gift of fire), the myth of Tithonus also has increasing relevance.
Voici l'epitaphe eccrite par Desportes sur la mort de Jacques de Levy sieur de Quelus, epitaphe dans; laquelle il n'hesite pas a deifier les hommes; du roi:
Eventually we are led to Shaw's own short Napoleon play, The Man of Destiny, first accepted then rejected by Irving, and to the lifelong antagonism between Shaw and Gordon Craig, the first perceiving Irving and his theatre as a traditional "Old Guard" to be eliminated in order to achieve the intellectual "literary theatre" Shaw envisioned, the second, Ellen Terry's son, apologist for and deifier of Irving in spite of his own theatrical theory.