Pandora’s Old Man

This image title is a tongue-in-cheek variation on the Greek myth of Pandora and her remarkable box. Below is an excerpt from a Wikipedia article on the myth.  If you want to read the entire article the link is at the bottom.

Pandora’s box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora’s creation around line 60 of Hesiod’s Works And Days. The “box” was actually a large jar given to Pandora (“all-gifted”), which contained all the evils of the world. When Pandora opened the jar, the entire contents of the jar were released, but for one – hope. Today, opening Pandora’s box means to create evil that cannot be undone.

Pandora (ancient Greek:”giver of all” or “all-endowed”) was the first woman on Earth. Pandora was created upon the command of Zeus to Hephaestus, the god of craftsmanship. Hephaestus created her using water and earth, while other gods granted her many gifts (for example, beauty from Aphrodite, persuasiveness from Hermes, and music from Apollo).

After Prometheus stole fire from Mount Olympus, Zeus sought reprisal by handing Pandora to Epimetheus, the brother of Prometheus. At the same time, Pandora was given a jar that she was ordered not to open under any circumstances. Despite this warning, overcome by curiosity Pandora opened the jar. Upon doing so, the evils contained within escaped into the world. Scared, Pandora immediately closed the jar, only to trap Hope inside, as was Zeus’ will.[2]

In other versions, Hope does come out, though the main purpose of the myth of Pandora is to address why evil exists in the world. Many interpretations of the story overlook the fact that Pandora’s Box contained all things evil that would plague mankind and Hope was inside this box, thus completely missing this second lesson of the Myth.’s_box

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One Response to “Pandora’s Old Man”

  1. orion Says:

    Thanks for your interpretive comment Diane–you’ve shared some important considerations—thank you.

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