In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth. Zeus ordered Hephaestus, the god of craftsmanship, to create her and he did using water and earth. The gods endowed her with many talents. Aphrodite gave her beauty, Apollo music, Hermes persuasion, and so forth. Hence her name: Pandora, “all-gifted”.
When Prometheus stole fire from heaven, Zeus took vengeance by presenting Pandora to Epimetheus, Prometheus’ brother. With her, Pandora had a jar which she was not to open under any circumstance. Impelled by her natural curiosity, Pandora opened the jar and all evil contained escaped and spread over the earth. She hastened to close the lid but the whole contents of the jar had escaped, except for one thing which lay at the bottom, and that was Hope.
Painting: Pandora by John William Waterhouse
“Pandora” Encyclopedia Mythica Online
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