Pandora (Myths and Legends of the World)
In Greek mythology, Pandora was the woman who brought evil into the world and caused humankind's downfall. She was sent to earth by Zeus, king of the gods, who wanted to take revenge on the Prometheusin Greek mythology, Titan said to have created the human race. Prometheus had created men and had stolen fire from the gods and given it to the men. Zeus ordered the divine crafts worker to form the first woman, Pandora, from clay. Athenain Greek mythology, goddess of wisdom and war; the daughter of Zeus (Roman goddess Minerva) gave life to this creation, made her beautiful, and Hermesin Greek mythology, the messenger of the gods; escorted the dead to the underworld (Roman god Mercury) taught her to be cunning and deceitful.
Zeus sent Pandora down to earth, but Prometheushose name means "forethought"ould have nothing to do with her. However, his brother Epimetheusfterthoughtarried Pandora, who brought with her a sealed jar or box as a gift from the gods. Some accounts say that Epimetheus opened Pandora's box; others maintain that Pandora herself opened it. Inside the container were disease, old age, poverty, evil, war, and all the other ills that have plagued humans ever since. When the box was opened, they flew out into the world, leaving only Hope at the bottom of the box to give...
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