In Greek mythology, Pandora (Greek: Πανδώρα, derived from πᾶν, pān, “all” and δῶρον, dōron, “gift”, thus “the all-endowed”, “the all-gifted” or “the all-giving”) was the first human woman created by the gods, specifically by Hephaestus and Athena on the instructions of Zeus. As Hesiod related, each god helped create her by giving her unique gifts. Zeus ordered Hephaestus to mold her out of earth as part of the punishment of humanity for Prometheus’ theft of the secret of fire, and all the gods joined in offering her “seductive gifts”. Her other name—inscribed against her figure on a white-ground kylix in the British Museum—is Anesidora, “she who sends up gifts” (up implying “from below” within the earth). Continue reading
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EPIMETHEUS [Επιμηθευς] was the Titan god of afterthought, the father of excuses. He and his brother Prometheus were given the task of populating the earth with animals and men. However, Epimetheus quickly exhausted the supply of gifts allotted for the task in the equipment of animals, leaving Prometheus’ masterpiece, mankind, completely helpless. As a result the Titan brother was forced to steal fire from heaven to arm Continue reading
In Greek mythology, Prometheus (Greek: Προμηθεύς, meaning “forethought”) is a Titan who sided with Zeus and the ascending Olympian gods in the vast cosmological struggle against Kronos and the other Titans. Prometheus was on the conquering side of the war of the Greek gods, the Titanomachy, as Zeus and the Olympian gods ultimately defeated Kronos and the other Titans.
Ancient myths and legends relate at least four versions of the narratives describing Prometheus, his exploits with Zeus, and his eternal punishment as also inflicted by Zeus. There is a single somewhat Continue reading