Literary Mythology

Pandora’s Box

a prolific source of troubles

According to Greek mythology, the problems brought by Pandora’s box started with Prometheus. He was a Titan, one of the first Greek gods. He stole the secret of fire from his fellow gods and shared it with mortal humans. To punish humans, the gods then created Pandora. Each god gave her a gift to make her appealing (her name comes from a Greek word meaning ‘all gifted’ or ‘all giving’). Then they sent her to the mortals with a jar full of evils. Pandora’s curiosity prompted her to open the box, and all those ills escaped to plague humanity.

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As I understood it, it was actually a jar. Everything in the jar was released except one thing…hope. Hence the adage, “here’s always hope” or “all hope is not lost”. Of course my grandpa could have been pulling my leg.

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