Idle Curiosity or Malicious Intent?

Pandora was the first woman created out of clay by the gods. Her name means ‘all gifts’ (pan, doros) as she was endowed with the various attributes from each of the gods. The gods with their multi-faceted behaviours had in fact produced a human in their own image. One of the earliest literary versions of the Pandora story appears in Hesiod’s poetry; Theogony – one line and in his Works and Days. In an older version still, Homer’s Iliad, he didn’t mention Pandora though did recite lines about urns that contained blessings and troubles which plague humanity.

Pandora by Pierre Loison 1910-1912 Louvre Museum

Pandora
by Pierre Loison
1910-1912
Louvre Museum

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