Greek Mythology: The Myth of Pandora's Box

Greek Mythology: The Myth of Pandora's Box


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Many times we have heard about Pandora's boxBut not everyone knows much about the history of this mysterious woman.

According to Greek mythology she was the first woman, modeled in the image and likeness of mortals by the god of fire, Hephaestus, with the help of Athena.

It was ordered to do by the god of gods, Zeus, to punish humans, since Prometheus had tried to steal the divine fire to provide it to men.

Each of the Olympian gods gave Pandora a different quality, making it have great beauty, persuasion, manual skill and grace.

Although there was something that was also introduced into her, but not by the gods but by Hermes, their messenger and interpreter of the divine will, who would endow Pandora with the gift of lies.

The myth of Pandora's box

The Pandora myth starts at the moment when Zeus hands him a box to take it to Epimetheus. Inside the box were all the existing evils and it was forbidden to open it under any circumstances.

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Pandora was very curious and finally couldn't resist the temptation to open the box and at that moment all evils escaped and lodged among mankind.

Before what happened, Pandora was afraid and closed the box, but she could only leave one element without escaping, hope, which made the humans not receive it.

In this way the myth and the expression of open pandora's box, maximum representative in the mythology of the perdition of humanity itself.

Other variants of the Pandora myth

Another of the legends reveals that in the box were many of Zeus's goods, and they were a gift to Epimetheus on his wedding day.

But Pandora opened it recklessly and all goods automatically returned to Olympus.

A third version is based on the same argument and where Pandora, realizing what she had done, was very sorry and wanted to try fix the wrong I had done and he dedicated himself to offering all the men, one by one, the possibility that they could count on hope, the only thing that had remained in his box.

As usually happens in this kind of legends, especially mythological ones, the passage of time makes some aspects of the plot change little by little, but in this case the ending is quite similar to many of its versions.

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