Chapters: Pandora, Niobe, Cyrene, Telephassa, Catalogue of Women, Histiaea, Protogeneia, Messene, Bianna. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 50. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: In Greek mythology, Pandora ...
Chapters: Pandora, Niobe, Cyrene, Telephassa, Catalogue of Women, Histiaea, Protogeneia, Messene, Bianna. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 50. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: In Greek mythology, Pandora (ancient Greek,, derived from "all" and "gift," thus "giver of all," "all-endowed") was the first woman. As Hesiod related it, each god helped create her by giving her unique gifts. Zeus ordered Hephaestus to mould her out of Earth as part of the punishment of mankind 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. According to the myth, Pandora opened a jar (pithos), in modern accounts sometimes mistranslated as "Pandora's box" (see below), releasing all the evils of mankind although the particular evils, aside from plagues and diseases, are not specified in detail by Hesiod leaving only Hope inside once she had closed it again. She opened the jar out of simple curiosity and not as a malicious act. The myth of Pandora is ancient, appears in several distinct Greek versions, and has been interpreted in many ways. In all literary versions, however, the myth is a kind of theodicy, addressing the question of why there is evil in the world. In the seventh century BC Hesiod, both in his Theogony (briefly, without naming Pandora outright, line 570) and in Works and Days, gives the earliest literary version of the Pandora story; however, there is an older mention of jars or urns containing blessings and evils bestowed upon mankind in Homer's Iliad: The immortals know no care, yet the lot they spin for man is full of sorrow; on the floor of Zeus' palace there stan...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=24290
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